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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.

Journal Announcement

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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A Blended Culture: Greater Houston Area’s Native American Children’s Contest Powwow

About the Scholar: Ruochen Jin grew up in Canada and attended The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, Texas, USA.

The Research:

Most Native American communities value passing on their traditions to their children, who are mostly immersed in today’s technological American culture. Contest powwows are one way to do this. To examine how these events balance the two cultural influences, Pioneer scholar Ruochen not only consulted previous research on the topic, but also attended a Children’s Powwow in the Greater Houston area and later interviewed a representative sample of the participants. Her observations were that at least at this powwow, the balance is maintained by preserving the sacred aspects of the event, while permitting cultural fusion of other aspects.

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A Monte Carlo Simulation of the Single-Electron Transistor

About the Scholar: Irene Chen grew up in the United States and attended Leland High School in San Jose, California

The Research:

Since transistors, the foundation of modern electronic devices, became commercially available in the 1960s, “Moore’s Law,” which states that the number of transistors that can fit into an integrated circuit doubles every two years, has applied. In the last couple of years, however, progress has slowed considerably. Nanotechnology is emerging as a new way to enhance transistor speed. Pioneer scholar Irene explores the possibilities of this new technology by creating a simulation of a single-electron transistor. She develops an algorithm for one particular single-electron model, demonstrating that such a transistor is possible, and describes promising paths for further research.

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The Market Efficiency of “Smart Money” During the Tech Bubble

About the Scholar: Kevin Li grew up in the United States and attended Naperville North High School in Naperville, Illinois

The Research:

The “efficient market theory” hypothesizes that professional investors at major financial institutions are less prone to make trades influenced by emotion than individual “noise traders” and retail investors. Kevin observes that the collapse of the tech bubble showed that this theory “became null and void during the bubble.” His paper identifies two major factors that hampered professionals from doing their job: the consistent overvaluation of potential earnings, failing to value stocks fairly; and the failure to rein in the volatility of trading. The conclusion is that market professionals acted from emotion, despite guidelines meant to prevent such behavior.

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Pioneer & Oberlin Academic Collaboration

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

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The Pioneer 2022 summer application is closed. We appreciate each applicant's interest and effort! If you have any questions, just contact us. We'll be there for you.
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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.