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Pioneer on Campus: Stanford University

Pioneer alumni often connect with each other during online events, but also meet up in person! In this series, we share some examples of past “Pioneer on Campus” events, organized by Pioneer alumni.

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Announcing the Publication of the 2021 Pioneer Research Journal

Pioneer Academics proudly announces the publication of 26 original research papers selected for the 2021 Pioneer Research Journal.

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2021-2022 Pioneer Alumni Share their College Destinations

Pioneer Scholars who elected for early action or early decision share where they will be headed for college this fall.

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Seasoned expert on gifted education lead’s Pioneer’s new department - Academic Research and Development

Pioneer is pleased to welcome Brian Cooper to lead our new department- Academic Research and Development. Brian will lead this department to further drive Pioneer’s academic innovation.

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Pioneer Alumni Share a Strategic Approach to Successful Reapplication

Resubmitting an application to Pioneer has become very common as admission to Pioneer has grown increasingly competitive. Read what the alumni who successfully reapplied to Pioneer shared for their insights and tips.

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Pioneer & Oberlin: Holistic and groundbreaking collaboration

Pioneer Academics is committed to the highest standards in academic advancement. It earned institutional backing for its academic system and standards which led to its collaboration with Oberlin College & Conservatory. This groundbreaking collaboration created an unprecedented online education model which has enabled outstanding high school students to conduct accredited research following concrete, holistic standards.

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2020 Pioneer Alumni College Acceptance Update

The Pioneer Scholars college and university admissions statistics are updated. We are so proud of all our scholars and are looking forward to supporting them as alumni wherever they go!

2020 Pioneer Alumni College Acceptance Update

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Pioneer Featured Research

Analysis of Testing Accuracy Threshold for COVID-19 through an SIR Computational Model

Computer Science

About the Scholar: Nabo Yu attended The Webb Schools in Claremont, California, in the United States.

The Research:

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the accuracy of tests was so variable that some countries chose not to use tests at all, but instead isolate symptomatic individuals. Pioneer scholar Nabo thought computer simulations could shed light on the effects of testing accuracy on the spread of the disease. His SIR model computational calculations confirm that higher testing accuracy can result in reduced disease spread, and show that even lower accuracy testing is useful in slowing the transmission rate. According to Nabo, the model “has possibly offered a basic method of determining acceptable levels of testing accuracy based on the level of social isolation.”

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Adverse Selection in the Chinese Healthcare System: Reducing Information Asymmetry to Optimize the Utilization of Hospital Capacity

About the scholar: Thalia Ou grew up in China and attended Branksome Hall in Toronto, Canada

The Research:

In China, where individuals choose where to receive their healthcare, higher level hospitals are overwhelmed and lower level hospitals underutilized. Pioneer scholar Thalia points out that this disparity is caused by “information asymmetry” rather than quality of care. The more famous hospitals attract more patients and become more famous; the less well known local hospitals, which provide greater patient satisfaction, remain relatively unknown. Because her research showed one source of the problem is the online registration platforms that inform prospective patients about available services and quality of care, Thalia suggests the government expand and update them to be more comprehensive.

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Tilings of a (2 x n) Checkerboard with Squares and Dominoes

About the Scholar: Pioneer Scholar Rana is from Istanbul, Turkey, where she attended Robert College

The Research:

Rana’s paper investigated unknown number sequences, constructing models to make them easily understandable. She shows that the combinatorial arguments used to construct models of the Lucas sequence can prove the identities and visual lengths of lesser known sequences.

Her paper finds that Rn sequences can be represented by the number of ways to tile a 2 x n board with the length of two dominoes or one square, and Sn sequences by the number of ways to tile a 2 x n board without consecutive vertical breaks. Rana’s research breaks new ground by discussing the relationship between these two sequences.

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Social Media and Its Effects on the Foreign Language Curriculum for Undergraduate University Students

About the Scholar: Justine Kum grew up in South Korea and attended Dulwich College Seoul in Seoul, South Korea.

The Research:

With nearly 60% of the world now connected by the internet, social media is becoming “more dominant and essential in modern life.” Pioneer scholar Justine wondered how social media might be used to promote cultural competence and language skills among university students. Her paper explores the social media models available for language study, the drawbacks of social media’s “shorthand” language, and the effectiveness of social media in teaching language skills and cultural diversity. Justine’s conclusion is that social media learning is most useful for students who already have some grasp of the language and are ready for deeper cultural understanding.

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Pioneer & Oberlin Academic Collaboration

Oberlin College introduces the collaboration philosophy and scope on its website.

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Increase your chances of getting admitted by applying early! The Pioneer 2023 Spring-through-summer application season starts.
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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.