Support your child's curiosity

Turn their passion into a research project

Work with an expert mentor online. Develop a research project. Showcase their work and passion through a publication, conference presentation, or creative piece.

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At Polygence, we value:

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Intellectual Confidence

Develop the academic confidence and independence needed to shine in research projects of all kinds

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Expert Mentorship

Receive personalized attention from an expert who can help channel their interest into a unique output

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Tangible Outcomes

Share their work with a network of peers and academics across a range of professional outlets

Parent reviews

Lily's experience in Polygence can not be replicated, and certainly not within the confines of a traditional school setting. I am so grateful she got this opportunity to work with such excellent mentors. Thank you for everything. I know she will never forget this time she had with Alexis and GP
Cari Gohlinghorst

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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.

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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

high school research Luke
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.
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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