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Turn Passions Into Research Projects

Polygence is an online academy that connects students with expert, PhD-level mentors to create custom research projects. The first step is to create a counselor profile.

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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

Educator Reviews

I have been enormously impressed with the professionalism and the opportunity that Polygence has offered my students. [The research projects offer] far more depth than what can be found in a high school curriculum. Students have completed a deep dive into topics relating to science, art, literature, and linguistics. As an advisor, I have immensely enjoyed seeing my students progress. Many of my students really see these mentorships in the truest sense of the word.

Teacher, college admissions counselor and school founder with more than 20 years experience

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Polygence does a wonderful job matching students with mentors in their interest fields -- and they go beyond to help students achieve their full potentials. The whole team is extremely supportive -- fast responses with questions; thorough summary after each sessions and customized research experience for every student. One of my seniors last year completed a policy/law related project and leveraged her project for college admissions. She's happily attending USC Marshall School of Business now!

Educational Consultant, member of NACAC and HECA

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While many programs offer students the opportunity to research under the guidance of faculty members the uniqueness of Polygence is that this is a program for students with a clear point of view and research interest. The mentors also work to engage students from around the world at a time that is convenient for them rather than solely engaging at a fixed time. The growth that students experience truly builds their intellectual curiosity and academic self-confidence.

Counselor with 35+ years experience in Selective and International College Admissions

Our students have been involved in a range of projects spanning an array of different interest areas including fashion, government, computer science and research science. What I appreciate are advisors who are both experts in their field and caring mentors for their students. The Polygence team has worked hard to make sure students are academically challenged and not just completing a program. I appreciate their partnership and keep up the good work!

Counselor with 20 years experience, Director of large counseling team, Member WACAC + IECA

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As a consultant, I can say the student tracking system Polygence offers to partners is especially impressive. The email notices from Polygence have helped us to track our students' progress (both their admission interviews and sessions), enabling us to better serve our students' needs and expedite our workflow. Also, the students' profiles on our Polygence account dashboard have been beneficial to...explain the students’ process and potentials of research to their parents...

Counselor with 8 years experience, Member IECA + ACA

Every single one of our 50+ students & families have spoken extremely highly about Polygence, the top-tier mentors they have, and excitement the students’ have when meeting with their mentors and working on their research projects. Having worked in the education space for the past 10+ years, I’ve seen many organizations that come and go and there is not another organization that I have been as thoroughly impressed with as I am with Polygence…

Counselor with 10+ years experience, Director of large counseling team

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Project Spotlight

hiring biases

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

Luke's Project
with Gabor
homelessness and covid

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

Andrew's Project
with Ian
emotions during COVID

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

Isabel's Project
with Nat

When to start Polygence

Students who apply by this date have a higher chance of getting matched with their preferred mentors, as March-July is our peak application season.

Mentor spotlight




neuroscience, neurogenetics, brain evolution, brain plasticity, scientific writing

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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

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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.
US News and World Report
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Greetings from the program coordinators

Polygence is a selective 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.

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