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Pioneer Academics: The respected research institute.
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    Assessing Research Experience

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Pioneer & Oberlin Academic Collaboration

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

Pioneer & Oberlin Academic Collaboration

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

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The First & Only Conference of Respected Research Programs

The First Annual Pioneer Co-Curricular Summit was held on Sept 30 and Oct 1, 2022, in celebration of Pioneer’s 10th anniversary.
Pioneer’s strong academic reputation attracted ten other widely respected academic programs as co-presenters.

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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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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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Exit, Voice, and Violence: Contemporary Responses of Non-Hindu Groups to the BJP’s Hindu Nationalism

About the scholar: Rushil Roy grew up in the United States, and attended Monte Vista High School in Danville, California, USA

The Research:

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), known for its adherence to and propagation of Hindu nationalist values, has been India’s dominant political power since 1998. Their policies, which include restricting Muslim immigration and framing Muslims as terrorists, led Pioneer scholar Rushil to ask how India’s non-Hindu groups have responded to the BJP’s nationalism. He considers Albert Hirschman’s three “valid responses” to state-sponsored oppression: exit (emigration), voice (advocacy), and loyalty (capitulation), and concludes that in India, the response has instead been primarily political violence in response to the BJP’s “weaponization” of social welfare by denying social services to predominantly minority regions.

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A Complex Networks Approach to Analysing the Erdős-Straus Conjecture and Related Problems

About the Scholar: Vikhyath Mondreti grew up in India and attended The International School Bangalore in Bangalore, India.

The Research:

Computational networks are now widely used to analyze the relationships of elements in intricate systems in all fields of study, from pure mathematics to the social sciences. The Erdős-Straus Conjecture, while not fully proven, has been strongly supported by other studies. Pioneer scholar Vikhyath wondered if using the Erdős-Straus Conjecture as the basis for a computational network might help address a particular class of problems pertaining to fixed-length unit fraction splits. His simple directed network model, the Erdős-Straus Conjecture graph, yielded promising results in addressing the problems, and also indicated further support for the accuracy of the Conjecture.

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The RAISE Act: Shutting the doors to the land of immigrants

About the Scholar: Junming Ren grew up in Hong Kong and attends The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, USA.

The Research:
The proposed RAISE Act would greatly reduce the number of visas available to immigrants to the United States and add a skills-based points system to increase the average immigrant skill level, assuming that the majority of American immigrants are unskilled. This paper presents an economic analysis, based on the theories of supply and demand, of whether the Act is likely to achieve its goal of increasing American workers’ wages. It concludes that wages might improve but technological progress could slow, and notes that the ethical aspects of the legislation should also be considered.

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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.