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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

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!

Backboards & Dashboards: Using analytics to understand sports performance

Backboards & Dashboards: Using analytics to understand sports performance

Starts March 5, 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 March 7, 2024

Healthcare Economics: Explore the business of America's healthcare system and its pressing challenges

Healthcare Economics: Explore the business of America's healthcare system and its pressing challenges

Starts March 11, 2024

Apply by March 4, 2024

This pod is full!

Understanding Dementia: Exploring neurodegenerative disease through real world case studies

Understanding Dementia: Exploring neurodegenerative disease through real world case studies

Starts March 12, 2024

Backboards & Dashboards: Using analytics to understand sports performance

Backboards & Dashboards: Using analytics to understand sports performance

Starts March 18, 2024

Apply by March 11, 2024

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 March 18, 2024

Apply by March 11, 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 March 20, 2024

Apply by March 13, 2024

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 March 25, 2024

Apply by March 18, 2024

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 April 3, 2024

Apply by March 27, 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!