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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.

Music
Cayla

Cayla

MS

Expertise

Interdisciplinary or Exploratory Projects, Writing/Research, Music and Recording/Music Production, Journalism, Creative/Fiction and Nonfiction Writing, Psychology/Sociology Research

Helena

Helena

Industry expert

Expertise

Mathematics, Music, Linguistics

Parisa

Parisa

DMA

Expertise

Acoustic and electroacoustic music composition; Music Entrepreneurship; Music Production; Music Theory, Sound Design/Introduction to DAWs

Kelly

Kelly

PhD

Expertise

museum studies, performance studies, dance studies, ethnography, performance and politics, Latin American studies, theatre history, women's studies, creative projects, playwriting

Katherine

Katherine

MFA

Expertise

Music Theory, Music Composition, Sound Design/Introduction to DAWs

Anessa

Anessa

MS

Expertise

artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, design, ui/ux

Ellen

Ellen

PhD candidate

Expertise

Neuroscience of creativity and music, Parkinson's disease, older adults, Child development, interpersonal entrainment, rhythmic synchrony, arts as a therapeutic intervention, Acting training, Musical Theatre, Auditioning, Writing for the stage, and all artistic creative work

Nathaniel

Nathaniel

MS candidate

Expertise

Environmental Engineering/ Nuclear engineering/ Mechanical engineering/ Computer programming/Music/3D modeling/ Robotics

Shomik

Shomik

PhD candidate

Expertise

Renewable energy (solar), heat transfer, computational materials science

Lucien

Lucien

PhD

Expertise

Mathematics, computer science, music theory, engineering, sustainability

Stephen

Stephen

PhD

Expertise

Psychology, Neuroscience, Statistics, Music, Philosophy of Science

Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn

MA candidate

Expertise

Music, Theatre, Education

Samantha

Samantha

MS candidate

Expertise

digital art, web design, sound design, historical fashion, herpetology, fashion, art history, game development, app development

Shaylyn

Shaylyn

PhD candidate

Expertise

Developmental biology, cell biology, developmental neuroscience, sensory neuroscience, hearing development, hearing loss, psychology of music, societal importance of music, medicine, LGBTQ public health issues, healthcare access issues

Marisa

Marisa

EdM

Expertise

action research on social justice education reform, critical reflection self-studies, environmental impact studies, projects that integrate various aspects of racialized opportunity gaps such as environmental justice, education, and education policies, the complex interplay between politics, religion, and power, music education

Irene

Irene

PsyD

Expertise

LGBTQ+ Affirmative Care, BIPOC LGBTQ+, BIPOC, Music Therapy, Clinical Psychology

Caroline

Caroline

MA

Expertise

Music, Marketing, Communications, Media Studies, Anthropology, Ethnography, Leadership, Administration, and Operations

Chloris

Chloris

MS candidate

Expertise

Research methods; General psychology; Social cognition; Developmental psychology; Theatre; Music composition; Film; Graphic design

David

David

MD/PhD candidate

Expertise

Medicine, Genetics, Biomedical Informatics, Computational Biology

Chris

Chris

Expertise

Psychiatry, Medicine, Business/Consulting