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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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Announcing the Publication of the 2022 Pioneer Research Journal

Featuring outstanding work by Pioneer’s 2022 scholars, the latest edition of the Pioneer Research Journal is now available. Click on the link below to read original research by our community of global scholars.

2022 Pioneer Research Journal

2023 EA/ED College Admissions Update from Pioneer Alumni

Applauding Pioneer scholars’ continuing devotion to inquisitiveness, innovation, and high standards.

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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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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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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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Sofonisba Anguissola and Her Self-Portrait at the Easel

About the Scholar: Pioneer Scholar Xingzhi is from Hangzhou, China, where she attended Hangzhou Foreign Languages School

The Research:

Sofonisba Anguissola was one of the pioneering professional female artists of the Italian Renaissance. Xingzhi researched her painting Self Portrait at the Easel to highlight its religious and feminist significance in the 16th century.

In Self Portrait, Anguissola depicts herself painting the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child. Xingzhi examined the painting’s texture, contrast, structure, and color, comparing it to works by Anguissola’s male contemporaries. Xingzhi found that by identifying herself with Biblical figures and highlighting her expertise in the male-dominated genre of historical and religious painting, Anguissola demonstrated her religious devotion and her equality to male Renaissance artists.

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

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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