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2021 Summer Term Accepts Applications

Apply to join the Pioneer community of 3014 alumni from 58 countries and regions. We invite you to learn more about the program.

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Pioneer launches a fresh compilation of program insights to give potential scholars a comprehensive understanding.

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2020~2021 Pioneer Scholars early round college acceptance sharing

Pioneer Scholars will always be proud Pioneer Scholars whichever university or college they choose!

Research that Offers College Credits: Pioneer Has Been at the Forefront of Research Since 2012

Pioneer Academics has been offering college-level online research opportunities to high school students since 2012. Respected for its selectivity and rigor, Pioneer highlights its scholars’ high level research accomplishments.

Pioneer Featured Research

AI-generated art selected for the cover of esteemed mathematics magazine

Cover art by Zora Zhang, Henry M Gunn High School.

© The Mathematical Association of America, 2019. All rights reserved.
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Pioneer Scholar Zora Zhang conducted her research on the Annealing Algorithm, a procedure for optimizing mathematical solutions. The artwork was generated by programming the approximation simulation as part of Pioneer’s interdisciplinary study, incorporating both math and computer science.

Structures for Women’s Empowerment: A Metaethical Analysis of Institutional Sexism in Modern History

Philosophy

About the Scholar: Pioneer Scholar Lobna, originally from Africa and currently a student at Dartmouth College.

The Research:
Comparing philosophy as the head and religion as the heart, Lobna argues that modern philosophers, often liberal in their approach toward other topics, espouse a clear delineation between the sexes in a supposedly rational manner, and then religious leaders enact these beliefs, ensuring that successive generations continue to follows these same patterns. With men claiming their legitimate place as both the mind and heart, Lobna argues, women are left to tend to the body, and therefore shut out of the mind and heart of society. ⁣

Lobna concludes by offering a path forward: “In order for us to be nurtured and supported by the women in our lives, we as people who take seriously both our faith and reason – will instead enable women to reclaim their role in society by allowing them access to opportunities for personal and socio-economic empowerment.” ⁣

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Pioneer's Respected System

Pioneer is well respected because of its robust and rigorous academic system, which enables the collaboration with Oberlin College in academic procedure development and oversight.
 

Creative Destruction in the Sharing Economy: Uber’s Impact and Regulation

Economics

About the Scholar: Pioneer Scholar Jiazan is from Auckland, New Zealand, where he attended Auckland International College

The Research:

Uber is one of the biggest names in business today, and, according to Jiazan, a catalyst for “creative destruction,” the process by which economic structures are revolutionized due to innovations in technology or production methods. 

Jiazan explains that by becoming a substitute for taxi cabs, Uber has rendered a traditional mode of transportation obsolete. But his paper finds that creative destruction is ultimately a positive force: consumers pay less for a higher quality service and the new firm makes a profit. Jiazan encourages governments to regulate monopolies like Uber minimally, allowing their innovations to flourish.

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Descartes on Other Minds: Human and Animal

Philosophy

About the Scholar: Pioneer Scholar Hao is from Beijing, China, where she attended Beijing National Day School

The Research:

Many of us have heard René Descartes’ famous phrase “I think, therefore I am. Descartes wrote this when he set out to prove the existence of the human mind. But in the same philosophical work, Descartes denied that animals have minds. Hao broke down Descartes’ argument in order to shed light on how animals think and communicate.

Consulting research on ape communication, Hao explains that many animals use non-verbal, even grammatical languages to communicate. Her research teaches us that we shouldn’t be too quick to judge others as inferior to us because they communicate differently than we do.

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: The final deadline to apply for the 2021 Summer term is April 25 11:59PM U.S. Eastern Time! Click here to apply!
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  • Considering students have significantly fewer options for their summer enrichment, Pioneer adjusted the cohort size from maximum 5 to maximum 6 so that we can offer the opportunity to more students. Please be aware that Pioneer will only expand cohorts which we feel sure will not be compromised in any way by a slight increase in participation. Some areas, therefore, may stay at a maximum of 5 because the nature of the course requires heavier coaching.

 

  • Pioneer admissions still requires the same application materials, but we may adjust the timing in response to current realities. If you can work with your counselor to collect your official transcript and counselor evaluation and submit them soon after you submit your application, it will speed up the process. Pioneer admissions requires an official transcript and counselor evaluation to process applications for the final round. If these items won't be available during the process due to COVID-19, applicants must submit evidence that the school's counseling office is closed. Pioneer admissions will then decide what adjustment shall be granted.

Dear educator friend,

In the critical process of preparing students to transition to college, you are key. The
ramifications of your guidance are far-reaching.

The Pioneer Research Program believes that it, too, has a role to play in preparing students of special potential and passion for learning. This is a role we trust you will appreciate knowing about. Our mission is to offer a deep and otherwise unavailable opportunity to exceptionally motivated young scholars who want to learn and research at the college level and to explore their potential for innovation.

What makes Pioneer a unique deep-dive learning experience is not just the mentorship of distinguished professors. It is the rigorous quality controls developed conjointly by Pioneer and Oberlin College. Professors (must) adhere to rubrics for

1) setting learning goals;

2) syllabus development;

3) oversight, feedback and evaluation, and

4) grading standardization.

This rigorous academic system is supported by thorough admission process and a high-minded ethics code. The combination gives students an exceptional learning experience that is brought to fruition in a college-level research paper documenting their findings.

You can follow this link Pioneer’s concrete academic system to learn more about the academic system. Academic quality control and academic oversight assure Pioneer’s focus is on learning and learners, and therefore all of our practices were built upon the following principles:

No conflict of interests Pioneer’s academic ethical standards
Because of its high academic and ethical standards, the Pioneer program has earned the trust of college admissions departments and formed the basis for the ground-breaking collaboration with Oberlin College. Pioneer scholars get two college credits upon completing their Pioneer research.

Click to learn about Pioneer and Oberlin College's groundbreaking academic collaboration.

Pioneer has a rigorous admission process. Students who have genuine academic interests and are highly motivated are a good fit with Pioneer’s values. Pioneer’s founding board insisted that Pioneer commit to a professor-blind policy during the application process, ensuring that applicants have authentic field interest and correct priorities. Consequently, no information about professors is released before admission to the program. This policy is much appreciated and respected by universities. Professor-blind admission policy
On this page is the critical information needed to meet your needs.

If you have additional questions, feel free to let us know how we can help you by emailing info@pioneeracademics.com or calling 855-572-8863.

Best,

Matthew Jaskol

Founder & Program Director