Our Ph.D. counselors and advisers boast extensive student advising experience and are committed to helping all young people reach their fullest potential.
Dr. Alice Zeng
Founder and Director
Member of Higher Education Consultants Association
Certificate in College Admissions and Career Planning, UC Berkeley
Ph.D. in English, University of Alberta
M.A. and B.A. in English, Fudan University
Dr. Zeng is a seasoned college admission counselor with a decade of experience teaching, advising, and mentoring students in high schools and colleges in the U.S., Canada, and China. She is also a published English writer, accomplished English-Chinese translator, and experienced cross-cultural adviser. In high school planning, she focuses on helping students develop a burning love for knowledge, a deep connection with communities, and a broad vision for possibilities. Excellently trained in English writing, she provides students with top-notch essay coaching during the admission process. Her professional training, academic background, and global perspective uniquely position her to provide families with the highest level of educational counseling and to guide students into the most selective U.S. universities and colleges.
Dr. Heidi Zhou
Education Research Specialist
Ph.D. and M.A. in Educational Psychology & Methodology, University at Albany, SUNY
B.A. in English, Fudan University
Over a decade of counseling young adults and researching the social-emotional well-being of gifted youths, Dr. Zhou has developed unique insights into the developmental stages of adolescence and the U.S. education system. As an experienced educational researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education system, her research has been recognized in the National Association for Gifted Children and American Educational Research Association Annual conventions. Tapping into her expertise and warm personality, she empowers students to take on challenges and realize their fullest potential. She also specializes in analyzing complicated educational data. She has developed the Polaris College Admissions Database and helps students craft winning college application strategies against the latest admissions trends.
Dr. Ray Chen
Dual Ph.D.s in Electrical Engineering & Nanotechnology, University of Washington
M.S. in Applied Mathematics, University of Washington
B.S. in Physics, Peking University
Dr. Chen has an amazingly eclectic STEM background that includes mathematics, physics, computer science, and engineering. He has conducted cutting-edge research in areas such as artificial intelligence, biochemical engineering, and renewable energy, and given talks at international conferences in USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Korea, and China. He is currently a software engineer at Google working on the infrastructure and algorithms of Google’s core advertising business. A passionate educator, he has taught engineering classes in universities and high tech companies, including the most recent machine learning course at Google. He is committed to helping Polaris students build a solid STEM foundation and stand at the forefront of science and technology.
Ph.D. Advisory Group
We are generously supported by a global network of highly educated talents who are enthusiastic about sharing their expertise in diverse fields.
Feng, Yalan, PhD in Finance, City University of New York
He, Huan, Ph.D. in Public Health, John Hopkins University
Irrera, Joseph, D.M.A. in Piano Performance, Eastman School of Music
Li, Linxin, D.Phil. in Clinical Neurology, University of Oxford
Wang, Dake, Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Washington
Zhang, Jing, Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics, University of California, San Diego
Zhang, Qiaoyun, Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, Tulane University
Zhang, Xing, Ph.D. in Economics, University of Southern California