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Research Program Mentors

Polygence mentors are selected based on their exceptional academic background, teaching experience, and unique ability to inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers and industry leaders.

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Archana

Archana

MBA candidate

Expertise

Communications (i.e. creative writing, media relations, print/digital media); marketing; corporate crisis management; career mentorship (i.e. resume reviews, interview practice, career guidance); international affairs and political analysis

Whitney

Whitney

MFA

Expertise

Interdisciplinary artistic practices ( storytelling, intersections of art and science, arts and environment, design, photography and videography) Dance (choreography, technique, professional performance, dance science, history, critical issues) Physical Health and Wellness (basic physiology, functional anatomy and kinesiology, strength and conditioning, injury prevention and rehabilitation, approaches for self-care) Mentorship for balancing arts and academics, college audition prep, adapting materials for creative projects

Sami

Sami

MFA

Expertise

Interdisciplinary Arts, Acting, Film, Theatre, Performance, Documentary, Dance, Creative Writing, Photography

Luisa

Luisa

PhD candidate

Expertise

Neuroscience, neurobiology, psychology, neurophysiology, brain plasticity, neuroanatomy, methods in neuroscience, animal research, psychobiology, critical thinking, science communication, mental health, anxiety, depression, stress, impostor syndrome, and dance

Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn

MA candidate

Expertise

Music, Theatre, Education

Mackenzie

Mackenzie

MS

Expertise

Environmental Sciences (agriculture, plant biology, ecology, etc), Arts - dance or creative writing, Business Topics, and Sustainability of environmental, social, and economic topics. Solar energy development as well.

Madison

Madison

DPT

Expertise

Physiology, Biology, Anatomy, Biomechanics, Fine arts, Dance Theory, Dance History

Sarah

Sarah

DMD

Expertise

Dentistry, Biology, Dance, Bioethics

Margarita

Margarita

PhD candidate

Expertise

Creative Writing, Poetry, Comparative Literature, Literary Analysis, Philosophy, Art, Art History, Literary Publishing, Dance and Performance History

Kevin

Kevin

Industry expert

Expertise

Spacecraft engineering, martial arts, dance