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The Final Application Deadline for the 2022 Spring-through-Summer Term Is Dec 19, 2021

Pioneer Admissions is committed to thorough reviews of each application. Based on the increased application volume thus far, Pioneer Admissions has decided to move the final application deadline for the 2022 Spring-through-Summer Term earlier than past years — 23:59 EST, Dec 19, 2021.

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The Pioneer Record Holder: The Youngest Student Ever Admitted to the Research Program

The newest edition of the Pioneer Magazine is online. Check out the news of the research community and the story of the featured Pioneer Scholar.

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Seasoned expert on gifted education leads Pioneer's new function — Academic Research and Development

We are excited to announce a new function — Academic Research and Development. Brian Cooper will lead this department to further drive Pioneer’s academic innovation.

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2020 Pioneer alumni create a video to welcome 2021 scholars to the Pioneer community

23 Pioneer alumni, from 14 countries across six continents, came together on their own to create a film that shares the Pioneer spirit with the incoming 2021 Pioneer scholars.

2020 Pioneer alumni Catherine Kwon, from the US, and Reymajan Jumaniyazova, from Turkmenistan, initiated the project. They wanted to capture the vibrant, global, passionate atmosphere of the Pioneer community and welcome the next year of scholars to the program. Watch the video to see their creation.

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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!

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

Economics

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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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.
 
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Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS): the “Liking” Reaction and Behavioral Implications

Biology

About the Scholar: Liuxi Sun grew up in the United States and currently attends Phillips Exeter Academy.

The Research:
For decades, Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) has been described as the genetic basis for numerous disorders that are described as both impulsive and compulsive, including alcoholism, drug abuse and attention deficit disorder. However little research has been conducted into analyzing the role of the brain mechanisms involved in the compulsive and impulsive deficits. Liuxi researched and predicted activation of the orbitofrontal cortex will result in the increased impulsive and compulsive behaviors associated with the disorder.

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Science in Women’s Cosmetics of 17th Century Europe

History

About the scholar: Sarah Liu grew up in China and attended Kent School in Kent, Connecticut, USA.

The Research:

The well-known figures of the Scientific Revolution of the 15th to 18th centuries were men such as Galileo, Copernicus and Kepler. However, although women could not receive formal education in science and were limited in their activities to the domestic sphere, they employed the growing understanding of the nature of the world in their own writings: “recipe books” that covered cookery, domestic medicine, and cosmetics. Pioneer scholar Sarah analyzes the recipes for the least studied of these, cosmetics, in three popular works from the period, and finds the authors had a surprisingly deep experimental knowledge of botany, chemistry and biology.

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Pioneer & Oberlin Academic Collaboration

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

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The 2022 Spring-through-Summer Term application deadline is earlier than in past years: The deadline to apply Is 23:59 EST, December 19 2021.
Click here to register for an info session. 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.
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