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Welcome to Polygence Pods!

Pods are online short courses where you work with world-class mentors and alongside peers who share your passion

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Why Pods?

Deepen Your Passion. Explore your Passion.

Polygence Pods are a focused, organized exploration on popular career and research topics. You will build a foundation in your research and career goals through a structured research experience with thoughtfully designed lessons and customizable projects. You will be guided by our world-class mentors and meet like-minded peers who share your passion.

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In this program you will...

Student success through group learning and collaboration

Build a meaningful outcome

Project outputs vary project-to-project, but all students produce their own, unique final product at the end of the 6 weeks.

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Explore an exciting topic of your interest

We have expert mentors available in topics ranging from Computer Science and ML, to Finance, to Literature and Storytelling!

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Do more with a condensed timeframe

Highly concentrated content that doesn't drag out over months. The sessions occur weekly over 5-6 weeks so you can easily incorporate them into your busy schedule.

Choose Your Pod

Pods fill up fast! Pick your favorite topic from the ones offered to reserve your spot!

This pod is full!

Molecular Evolution: Tracing Genetic Footprints Through Time

Molecular Evolution: Tracing Genetic Footprints Through Time

Starts May 29, 2024

This pod is full!

AI in STEM: How Artificial Intelligence is revolutionizing Science and Engineering

AI in STEM: How Artificial Intelligence is revolutionizing Science and Engineering

Starts June 1, 2024

3 seats left

The Business of Healthcare: Lead the future of American healthcare

The Business of Healthcare: Lead the future of American healthcare

Starts June 3, 2024

Apply by May 27, 2024

3 seats left

Community Psychology: Dive into the fundamentals of psychology's impact on communities and social justice

Community Psychology: Dive into the fundamentals of psychology's impact on communities and social justice

Starts June 3, 2024

Apply by May 27, 2024

This pod is full!

Backboards & Dashboards: Using analytics to understand sports performance

Backboards & Dashboards: Using analytics to understand sports performance

Starts June 4, 2024

This pod is full!

Explore gene editing: Learn about genetics and its uses in healthcare

Explore gene editing: Learn about genetics and its uses in healthcare

Starts June 4, 2024

3 seats left

Environmental Sustainability: Using nature-based technologies to help sequester carbon and fight climate change

Environmental Sustainability: Using nature-based technologies to help sequester carbon and fight climate change

Starts June 6, 2024

Apply by May 30, 2024

This pod is full!

Neuroscience and emotions: how are internal states generated and shaped?

Neuroscience and emotions: how are internal states generated and shaped?

Starts June 9, 2024

This pod is full!

Neuroscience and sound: delve into the neuroscience behind how your brain interprets sound

Neuroscience and sound: delve into the neuroscience behind how your brain interprets sound

Starts June 10, 2024

This pod is full!

Designing the Future of Healthcare: A deep dive into innovation and problem-solving

Designing the Future of Healthcare: A deep dive into innovation and problem-solving

Starts June 10, 2024

This pod is full!

Backboards & Dashboards: Using analytics to understand sports performance

Backboards & Dashboards: Using analytics to understand sports performance

Starts June 10, 2024

This pod is full!

Treating Cancer: Learn the basics of cancer immunotherapy and explore where the field is headed

Treating Cancer: Learn the basics of cancer immunotherapy and explore where the field is headed

Starts June 12, 2024

This pod is full!

Cells Gone Rogue: Understanding the Biology of Cancer and potential treatments

Cells Gone Rogue: Understanding the Biology of Cancer and potential treatments

Starts June 13, 2024

Research and Statistics: An Introduction to using statistics and data analysis in research projects

Research and Statistics: An Introduction to using statistics and data analysis in research projects

Starts June 15, 2024

Apply by June 8, 2024

The Future Changemaker’s Guide: Understanding and influencing government's impact on your life

The Future Changemaker’s Guide: Understanding and influencing government's impact on your life

Starts June 18, 2024

Apply by June 11, 2024

4 seats left

Exploring the Stock Market: Understanding the fundamentals of investing and stock portfolios

Exploring the Stock Market: Understanding the fundamentals of investing and stock portfolios

Starts June 19, 2024

Apply by June 12, 2024

4 seats left

Molecular Evolution: Tracing Genetic Footprints Through Time

Molecular Evolution: Tracing Genetic Footprints Through Time

Starts June 20, 2024

Apply by June 13, 2024

Designing the Future of Healthcare: A deep dive into innovation and problem-solving

Designing the Future of Healthcare: A deep dive into innovation and problem-solving

Starts June 20, 2024

Apply by June 13, 2024

2 seats left

Forecasting Futures: Learn data analysis and visualization by exploring the changing habitats of rare species

Forecasting Futures: Learn data analysis and visualization by exploring the changing habitats of rare species

Starts June 26, 2024

Apply by June 19, 2024

This pod is full!

Explore gene editing: Learn about genetics and its uses in healthcare

Explore gene editing: Learn about genetics and its uses in healthcare

Starts July 3, 2024

This pod is full!

Explore gene editing: Learn about genetics and its uses in healthcare

Explore gene editing: Learn about genetics and its uses in healthcare

Starts July 4, 2024

AI in STEM: How Artificial Intelligence is revolutionizing Science and Engineering

AI in STEM: How Artificial Intelligence is revolutionizing Science and Engineering

Starts July 13, 2024

Apply by July 6, 2024

Intro to Video Game Design: Learn computer science while making your own Game

Intro to Video Game Design: Learn computer science while making your own Game

Starts July 20, 2024

Apply by July 13, 2024

4 seats left

Cells Gone Rogue: Understanding the Biology of Cancer and potential treatments

Cells Gone Rogue: Understanding the Biology of Cancer and potential treatments

Starts August 1, 2024

Apply by July 25, 2024

Are Pods Right For You?

Polygence Pods short courses are best if you:

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Want to get a foundational understanding in a new research area

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Are curious about a topic but not sure where to begin

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Are looking for a fun project you can finish quickly

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Want to confirm your interest in a future career option

Benefits of Pods short courses

1. Accomplish a Lot Quickly

Pods are designed to expose students to new topics in a quick 6-week course that covers the basics of research in the topic and culminates in a customizable project outcome.

2. Structured Schedule

For students needing more accountability in their schedule, Pods are a great way to begin research exploration with set meetings, assignments and a defined project structure designed to keep students and their research on track.

3. Learn with Peers

Pods bring together 6 passionate students to learn and work together about a topic they’ll explore together. This collaborative experience brings students into conversation with one another.

4. Get Inspired by an Expert Mentor

Pods are designed and led by experts in the field and crafted to engage students in learning the newest developments in the most popular fields for young scholars. This means pods are a great way to test interest in competitive fields without needing prior research or a concrete idea of what to explore.

Why Polygence?

Polygence alumni reported a 91% acceptance rate to R1 universities

Success starts with following your passion

We believe students achieve their best outcomes when they follow their authentic passions. We help you discover and grow in topics of your interest!

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Expert mentors from top universities

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

84% of Polygence students reported being more optimistic about their academic future

Develop your academic confidence

Polygence students reported that work with their mentor made them feel more optimistic and more in control of their academic future!