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Research Program Mentors

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

Literature
Clara

Clara

PhD candidate

Expertise

neuroscience, molecular biology, psychiatry, essay writing

Semilore

Semilore

PhD candidate

Expertise

Black Atlantic Literature, African & African-American Studies, postcolonial theory, gender and sexuality studies, media and cultural studies

Lydia

Lydia

EdD candidate

Expertise

Education, Educational leadership, Cultural Diversity and Inclusion, Organizational Policy and Procedure

Shana

Shana

MPH candidate

Expertise

Global/Public Health, Community Advocacy, Writing, Spanish, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Decolonization, Trauma-Informed Care, Community Health

Douglas

Douglas

MA

Expertise

Literature, Poetry, Game Studies, Psychology, Philosophy (especially existentialism), Critical/Cultural Theory, and Arts

Ellis

Ellis

PhD candidate

Expertise

Iberian and Latin American literatures and cultures, contemporary activism and social movements, humor studies, literary analysis, cultural studies, urban studies, creative writing

Allen

Allen

PhD

Expertise

projects that combine computing/programming and literature, language, or history; myth, ancient literature, Ancient Greek, Latin; analyzing language and literature with AI; linguistics

Rebecca

Rebecca

MA

Expertise

Memorialization culture (monuments, memorials, and museums); Public history; Genocide, crimes against humanity, and mass atrocities; History of human rights; Germany [German literature, poetry, film, and art]; 20th century; World War II

Jade

Jade

PhD

Expertise

Linguistics, Translation, Arabic Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature, cross-cultural awareness, intercultural communication, comparative literature, European linguistics, cultural studies, humanities

Sarah

Sarah

MFA

Expertise

Filmmaking (directing, cinematography), screenwriting, film analysis

chloe

chloe

MFA

Expertise

interdisciplinary arts and mixed media, documentary-based research projects, filmmaking, poetry and essays, environmental arts, oral history and interview techniques

Emily

Emily

PhD candidate

Expertise

Environmental science, management, governance, and policy. Conservation, social science, writing, science communication. Decision-making, project management and strategic planning. Science communication, data management, NGOs/ nonprofits, evaluation, philosophy of science, research process and methods.

Katrina

Katrina

MA

Expertise

Creative writing; Prose fiction; Poetry; Literary Analysis; Mythology and Folklore analysis; Science Fiction and Fantasy; World building; Film theory and history; Screenwriting

River

River

PhD candidate

Expertise

Latin Epic Literature

Patricia

Patricia

PhD candidate

Expertise

Art History, Feminist theory, Decolonial theory

Michael

Michael

Industry expert

Expertise

Culinary Arts, Business Strategy & Management Consulting, Biology, Creative Fiction and Non-Fiction writing

Hector

Hector

PhD candidate

Expertise

Environmental humanities, literary analysis, continental philosophy, Latin American literature and film

Clarissa

Clarissa

PhD candidate

Expertise

Art history, Feminism, Contemporary art, Art and Science, Women in STEM

Rachel

Rachel

PhD

Expertise

refugee health diplomacy and policy, Middle East and North Africa

Judson

Judson

PhD candidate

Expertise

Ancient Philosophy, Theology, Biblical Studies, Art & Faith, Church History