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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

Did you know?
1,500+
Completed projects, and counting!
2,500+
Expert mentors
95%
of Polygence students were accepted at R1 research universities

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.
William

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!
Yichen

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.
Keith

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

Keith
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!
Elton

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...
Jenny

Counselor with 8 years experience, Member IECA + ACA

Jenny
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…
William

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

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Our students say it best

Thousands of students have completed life-changing projects with Polygence.
Don’t just take our word for it!

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Adrian R.

Scripps Ranch High School

My mentor was very flexible throughout the project, giving me the freedom to find an interesting project to research and model. He provided the support to allow me to complete a successful project. His balance of flexibility with structure allowed me to become experienced modelling a random walk pattern, learning to write by telling a story, and analyzing data.
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Luke J.

San Marino High School

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

Episcopal School of Jacksonville

My mentor was not just an incredible scientist but also an incredible person! I was coming off of a canceled hospital internship due to COVID-19, but research led me to Polygence. My mentor insisted on making sure that my project was something I would be proud of. I could rely on her for more than just project advice. Her guidance was amazing, I would not trade it for anything.
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Sia S.

Albany Academy for Girls

Not only did my mentor encourage me to read challenging research papers and reflect on them, but helped me to understand information that I found confusing by talking through it with me during sessions. I would like to thank her for guiding me through writing my first formal review paper on machine learning in cancer treatment, she has been a great mentor!
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Adrian R.

Scripps Ranch High School

My mentor was very flexible throughout the project, giving me the freedom to find an interesting project to research and model. He provided the support to allow me to complete a successful project. His balance of flexibility with structure allowed me to become experienced modelling a random walk pattern, learning to write by telling a story, and analyzing data.
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Luke J.

San Marino High School

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

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:

  • 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