You’re a bright student

Turn Passions Into Research Projects

Work with an expert mentor to develop the research project of your dreams. Showcase your project by presenting, publishing, and more.

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Why Polygence?

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Personalized Program

  • One-on-one mentorship
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Leverage your academic interests
  • Online from anywhere

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Expert Mentor

  • Work one-on-one with a researcher in the field
  • Receive personal feedback and advice from an academic expert
  • Learn insider tips on research positions

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College Credit

  • Earn college credit from the University of California
  • Get a headstart in applying research methods
  • Write a research paper

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Passion Projects

  • Present at a conference
  • Launch your app
  • Produce a podcast
  • Write a novel
  • Publish a paper

Learn more about the Polygence Student Experience.

It's not too late to start a summer project - apply by the August 15th deadline!

Project Spotlight

hiring biases

Nepotistic Hiring and Poverty From Cultural, Social Class, and Situational Perspectives

Luke
Luke's Project
Gabor
with Gabor
homelessness and covid

Homelessness and COVID-19, Exploring Long Term Solutions Over Short Term Stability

Andrew
Andrew's Project
Ian
with Ian
emotions during COVID

Coping During Covid-19: A Study on How Locus of Control Influences Coping Response in an Uncontrollable Situation

Isabel
Isabel's Project
Nat
with Nat

When to start Polygence

Mentor spotlight

Madeleine

PhD candidate

Expertise

Evolutionary biology, Behavioral ecology, Entomology, Physiology, Early modern art, History of science

What topic interests you?

Search for law, physics, DNA...

Interested in becoming a mentor?

Parents, support your child’s blossoming curiosity

A Polygence project is a life-changing experience. And yes, it will definitely strengthen their college applications!

Counselors, connect your students with a research project

Ensure your student has no holes in their application. We’ll work with you and your student to identify a topic of interest.

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Recent student reviews

My mentor expertly mixed in-depth topic knowledge with friendliness and openness to make the Polygence experience simultaneously exciting and manageable.

Luke from San Marino, CA

high school research Luke
Academic and professional success in the 21st century requires autonomy, continual learning, and perseverance in the face of struggle. Polygence allows any student anywhere in the world to flex these muscles by engaging in rigorous independent research projects. That’s a win for students and a win for the future of education.
James Kim, Former Assistant Director, Yale Undergraduate Admission
James Kim, Former Assistant Director, Yale Undergraduate Admission
High school students who have an impressive personal project they are working on independently often impress colleges, because their commitment to a successful solo endeavor conveys initiative, self-discipline and originality.
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Greetings from the program coordinators

Polygence is an online research academy dedicated to democratizing access to research opportunities for high school students. Whether you are interested in quantitative biology, fashion history, or privacy law, Polygence mentors will help you explore your area of interest.