You’re a bright student

Shine with a research project

Connect with an expert mentor online. Develop a research project. Showcase your work and passion through a publication, conference presentation or creative piece.

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Personalized Program

  • One-on-one mentorship
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Any discipline
  • Online from anywhere

Program Details

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College credit

  • Write a research paper
  • Get a headstart in academic writing and applying the scientific method
  • Earn college credit from the University of California

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Expert Mentorship

  • Connect one-on-one with a researcher at a top research institution
  • Receive personal feedback and advice from an academic expert
  • Insider tips on research positions

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Passion Projects

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

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Our next application deadline is October 15! Be sure to apply by then to be a part of the next cohort of Polygencers!

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When to start Polygence

The Summer

The Summer

  • Intensive and immersive experience
  • Finish before college applications are due
  • Be considered for the Symposium of Rising Scholars Summer Conference

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis until July 31st.

The School Year

The School Year

  • Time to cultivate a long-term, ambitious project
  • Work towards mid-year deadlines for publications, competitions, science fairs, and conferences.
  • Challenge yourself beyond your school curriculum

Apply for our Fall cohort by October 15th, 2021.

Mentor spotlight


MS Master of Science



Ecology, Entomology, Invasive Species, Science Education, Citizen Science

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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.

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Our students come from high schools including:

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  • International Schools

    • Hong Kong International School
    • Chinese International School
    • Independent Schools Foundation Academy
    • German Swiss International School
    • Diocesan Girls’ School
    • Diocesan Boys’ School
    • St. Paul’s Co-Educational College
    • Korean Minjok Leadership Academy
  • US Boarding Schools

    • Deerfield Academy
    • Phillips Academy Andover
    • Choate Rosemary Hall
    • The Lawrenceville School
  • California Schools

    • Lynbrook High School
    • Archbishop Mitty High School
    • Monta Vista High School
    • San Marino High School
    • Saratoga High School
    • Portola High School
    • Henry M. Gunn High School
    • Leland High School
    • Los Gatos High School
    • Dougherty Valley High School
    • Mission San Jose High School
    • The Nueva School
    • The Harker School
    • Futures Academy

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