Polygence Research Program

Polygence offers a fully guided by an expert mentor personalized passion project experience for high school students

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Polygence Program Modules

Pathfinders Program

Polygence Flagship Program

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The Flagship Polygence Program

The Polygence core program consists of 10 one-on-one sessions between the student and mentor. The program is structured around 3 Milestones in addition to regular assignments to ensure students make steady progress on their project. Given the diversity of projects, these milestones are designed to be as flexible as possible to accommodate any and all types of projects.

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The Application Process

Polygence Application

Initial Application

At Polygence, students define their own interests and projects. In the application students provide their background and interests, and what they would like to explore.

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Consultative Call

If necessary, we work with the student to help them develop a subject, topic, or issue that they are truly passionate about exploring.

Student accepted to the Polygence Program

Accepted + Matched

If the student is a good fit for the program, then their application will be sent to our cohort of available mentors for review. It is ultimately up to a mentor to accept a student’s project.

Additional Support

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External Project Review and Writing Support

All students enrolled in the Polygence program are offered two (2) rounds of External Project Review by selected Project Fellows. For students looking for detailed writing feedback, the review can take this format for relevant projects (e.g. papers, podcast scripts, artist statements, screenplay, etc).

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Pathfinders Program

Pathfinders is a 3-session, one-on-one add-on experience that lets students take 3 careers or academic subjects on a test-drive. Our students walk away from the program with a clearer sense of their career and academic interests, ideas and next steps for further exploration, as well as a written diagnostic on their passion discovery journey so far from a trained professional.

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Premium Showcasing Support

Premium Showcasing Support is a 3-session add-on after the core program, designed to provide structured guidance on showcasing. Students are matched with a Showcasing Specialist who is trained to help them identify relevant showcasing opportunities for their research, and format their work for submission. Ideal for students looking to submit papers for publication, compete in a science fair, turn their research into a podcast, or create a website!

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