“An overwhelmingly favorite part of college for many students is the people they meet,” said Svetlana Dotsenko, Project Lever’s CEO.

For many students, just starting a research project can be the tallest hurdle standing in the way of completing one. Nearly 60 percent of students at Harvard University who say they plan to do research projects end up graduating without actually doing so.

The students are frozen at the starting line with a series of basic but difficult questions. Which professor would make the ideal adviser for the project? Where are the best resources to use in the research? How do I find this information?

Or at least this is the view of a new Boston-based company that is trying to help students answer those questions with an “eAdvising” platform called Project Lever.

“An overwhelmingly favorite part of college for many students is the people they meet,” said Svetlana Dotsenko, the company’s CEO.  “College is a network for life, from other students you meet in study groups, to your advisers, to the professors that lead you on this intellectual journey. We decided to create Project Lever to connect those people.”

Project Lever began in 2012 and is now in use at Harvard University, Tufts University, John Hopkins University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

See Page 2 for how the platform matches students and professors.


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