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Connect with driven students online. Guide their research projects. Help them showcase their work through publications, conference presentations or creative pieces.

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Pay it forward

  • Advise high-caliber students on passion projects in your area of expertise
  • Share your specialized skills and methodology with curious young minds
  • Give the insider perspective of your research and work environment

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Full control and flexibility

  • Maintain full control over how and when you take on new students
  • Sessions take place online at your convenience (such as evenings and weekends)

Mentor Application

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Pro bono opportunities

  • Unique opportunities to serve students from underprivileged backgrounds
  • Inspire the next generation of scholars from diversity backgrounds in your field

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Application Process

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  • Upload your CV and describe your expertise
  • We are currently accepting mentors living in or citizens of the US and UK
1 week
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Interview and teaching demo

A 30 minute conversation with our Head of Academics. We aim to learn more about your teaching experience and academic background. We also ask you to prepare a 5-10 minute seminar discussion grounded in a reading, figure, code source, etc of your choice.

1 week
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Once you’ve been accepted, you will be asked to fill out a full mentor profile which will be displayed on our website. After that, we will start matching you with students!

So how does it work?

Program Overview


  • Polygence provides a full online platform for you to chat with your student, share files, and access video calls
  • You schedule a session right in your chatroom; you and your student will receive a personal calendar invite
  • Your privacy is protected; there’s no need to share your personal contact information

Mentorship Logistics

  • 10 one-hour video call sessions (trial + 9 remaining)
  • Most mentors meet with their students every 2-3 weeks during the school year and every 7-10 days during the summer
  • The first session is a trial session for both you and your student - only if both sides confirm they want to work with each other do we ask for your commitment
  • Mentors are not lecturers, they are facilitators and project managers

Your time is important to us

  • Rescheduling: If students reschedule a session less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled session, the session will be forfeited.
  • Late students: If students have not arrived after the 10 min grace period, the session will be forfeited.
  • In each scenario, mentors will be compensated for their time at 50% of the session rate.


  • If accepted, your rate will be determined after the interview. Apply for more details.
  • You will be paid via direct deposit after each session
  • We have a strict no-show and cancellation policy to protect your time

Mentor Reviews

I have had an excellent experience as a Polygence mentor. Polygence does an excellent job pairing talented and driven students with mentors, and inspiring the next generation of scholars through project-centric learning. Guiding a mentee through the process of learning and applying new skills has been an invaluable opportunity.
Sam N.

PhD Candidate in Biomolecular Engineering: Bioinformatics at UC Santa Cruz

Sam N
I was amazed by the pertinence of the Polygence concept and its structure. Freedom is fundamental to the program, which makes it different from academic programs that have a rigid curriculum. This way of teaching gives me a lot of pleasure as I believe teaching is a form of inspiration. It’s about showing young people how to learn what they want to study so I can support the student's career and calling.
Niokhor D.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Microbiology at Stanford University

Niokhor D.
Serving as a mentor for Polygence has been a uniquely fulfilling and thought-provoking experience. Although I knew that I enjoyed teaching before becoming a mentor, I had not had the opportunity to engage with students on subjects so directly linked to my graduate studies. I am consistently amazed by the intellectual rigor and maturity of my students, and come away from our sessions with renewed appreciation for academic discourse and rigorous debate. I also appreciate the position’s flexibility
Anna W.

JD from Yale University

Anna W.
I’ve been really lucky to have had a variety of teaching and educational experiences. From teaching high school math to teaching at Stanford in a variety of areas to thinking through what education looks like at scale at Khan Academy. What makes Polygence unique is the one to one interaction.
Ben S.

PhD Candidate in Education and Data Science at Stanford University

Ben S.
I have been really satisfied with the organization from Polygence leadership. I've enjoyed speaking with Staci regularly, and appreciate how prompt and receptive she is to my questions and concerns. Payments have been a breeze. And I can't say enough good things about the website and messaging platform.
Deborah O.

MD Resident at Yale New Haven Hospital

Deborah O.
It's been such fun working with the smart, thoughtful, expansive and creative students that are attached to the Polygence process. I am so impressed with my student's wide interests, and dedication to learning and general growth. It's been a real light in my teaching life!
Elizabeth M.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Literature at Stanford University

Elizabeth M.
I was very impressed with the diligent work and genuine interest of my student, even with very complex medical concepts. I enjoyed the project because often in medicine we have to learn tons of concepts quickly and don't get much time to appreciate them and their details. Helping students with projects such as this allows me that chance to revel in the amazing, elegant mechanisms of the body and to share the wonder of how cool medicine and our bodies are with equally interested students.
Chloe C.

MD-PhD at Princeton and Rutgers

Chloe C.

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Government, Politics, Law, Legal Theory, U.S. Legal History, Social Sciences


  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D.
  • Washington University in St. Louis, B.A.

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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

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