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College Credit Program

Earn credits from the University of California

Polygence is an online research program founded by Harvard, MIT and Stanford researchers dedicated to democratizing access to research opportunities for high school students.

Program Overview

Polygence is thrilled to partner with the University of California at Irvine’s Gifted and Talented Institute (UCI x GATI). This program is not included in Polygence’s tuition, and students will be invited to apply mid-way through the project if they are in good standing. For those who are selected and enrolled, the UCI x GATI program is a partially self-paced two-unit UCI class. As part of a well-rounded research project experience, eligible students will also enroll in a UC Irvine undergraduate-level writing program. To earn college credits for their project, students must first submit an application form and have their research papers (either experimental or review papers) ready for submission by each deadline. All research papers will be graded by UCI faculty members and awarded a letter grade at the end of the process. There are no restrictions on the breadth of subject areas, and we welcome academic papers in any and all fields.

The Polygence Program consists of 10 one-on-one sessions between student and mentor. The program is structured around 5 Milestones in addition to regular assignments to ensure students make steady progress on their project. We know and celebrate the fact that Polygence students work on a wide variety of different products, ranging from podcasts to research papers to docuseries to creative portfolios. Given the diversity of projects, these milestones are designed to be as flexible as possible to accommodate any and all types of projects. Throughout the program students are offered two rounds of feedback through an External Project Review.

Here are the UCI Faculty Course Modules:

Why and for whom do we write research papers?
Why do we research and when do we do it
How do we access sources?
How are arguments formulated?
How do you use sources to support your paper?
How can we build this all into a paper?

How can we build this all into a paper?

Finishing and Finalizing

Writing your research paper