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Pioneer unparalleled

The exclusively respected research program/institute


28% acceptance of 4300 applicants

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“Pioneer is one of the few summer research programs that is selective and that is known among top universities. Those that are selective are trusted.”

Matt Pohl,
The former associate director of admissions at Upenn & Wharton



Established the ultimate academic standards

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“Pioneer and Oberlin share a commitment to rigorous educational standards and inquiry across a wide range of academic disciplines.”

Michael Parkin,
Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Oberlin College



10-year track record of Pioneer scholars continuing on to the most selective colleges

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“Pioneer is a trusted entity in college admissions”

Mary Hetlage,
The former director of admissions at University of Chicago

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Congratulations from Pioneer’s long-standing partners

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    On behalf of the “Bilim-Innovation”, I congratulate your team, partners, and scholars on the Pioneer Academics anniversary.

    Thank you for erasing the socioeconomic barrier and making us part of your educational community and the community of young, bold scientists. We thank you for giving our students tools, mentorship and rigor to explore various research interests, question existing scientific findings, and generate and work on their ideas.

    As a network of schools that focuses on quality education and sciences, we share your vision. We believe that together we will raise inspiring agents of change who will stand firm and pursue meaningful goals. We wish Pioneer Academics to grow, prosper, and celebrate many more anniversaries.

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    Azamat Tulepbergenov
    “Bilim-Innovation” International Community Fund
    Azamat Tulepbergenov
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    Happy 10th Anniversary to Pioneer Academics! Thank you for being a leader in providing research opportunities through a system of quality and integrity for our students at Hisar School, Istanbul.

    Thank you for cultivating their curiosities with academic structures and university faculty mentors, and empowering them to develop a sense of global citizenship and innovative research and problem solving skills to meet the challenges of the future.

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    Hisar School (Turkey)
    Michelle Duschang
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    My team at NOVA International Schools and I have been privileged to work with the Pioneer Academics team for the past six years;

    Though we pride ourselves on academic excellence and rigor, thus preparing our students for the beautiful challenges of higher education and academia, those who were accepted and mentored by Pioneer are given a real footing into the door of higher ed, through the exceptionally well-structured mentorship program Pioneer provides.
    What is more – it gives students something which is truly rare, namely an opportunity to build and practice confidence in their research skillset, while at the same time remaining open to understanding how much can be learnt from mistakes and failed science experiments.
    Indeed, students come out and through this uniquely guided mentorship experience better prepared for the reality of why asking relevant questions matters, even or especially when there are no conclusive answers in sight.
    We hope the team of Pioneer Academics continues to expand its focus and scope, so that more students globally are able to participate meaningfully in sustainable research practices, which they would then be able to share with their respective communities.

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    Nova International Schools
    Bela Gligorova
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    Congratulations on the 10th anniversary, Pioneer! Your holistic approach to guiding students by providing impactful educational experiences is profound, and your program has been a wonderful fit for many of our Davidson Institute and Davidson Academy students and families. We share your vision that the one-size-fits-all approach to education does not meet the needs of many students, and we appreciate your commitment to your rigor and principles ensuring the best education for gifted and talented students. Here’s to many more years!
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    Davidson Institute
    Mark Dlugosz
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    The research process with Pioneer Academics was a great tool for my students to discover their future major/career interests and use it in their application process to US higher education institutions.

    Education USA
    Gulmira Abdyrahmanova

Special offering of Pioneer’s 10th anniversary year

Pioneer is deeply committed to offering intriguing and rigorous learning experiences to students.

In 2020, when the pandemic crippled summer programs and opportunities, we swiftly put together a free research project for high school students.

Now celebrating Pioneer’s 10th anniversary, we offer special free programs – The Pioneer Research Summit, the Instagram event and Pioneer’s Exploring Research webinar series

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Pioneer’s Exploring Research Webinar Series

Pioneer’s Exploring Research webinar series will deepen your understanding of academic research and allow you to preview key steps in the research process. And these webinars are free!

  • Realities of Research: 10 Things High School Students Should Know is a fast-paced, interactive look at what you can expect in a real, credible research experience and how those expectations differ from both your preconceived ideas and common misperceptions about research.
  • Research Workshops are immersive online work sessions where you will gain first-hand experience practicing critical research skills, like developing and refining a research question or evaluating sources and data.

Curious about research? Not sure whether it’s right for you? Wondering how to choose the best program to help you meet your academic goals? The Exploring Research webinar series will give you the knowledge and experience you need to make the decision that is right for you.


Dates (US Eastern Standard Time)


Time (US Eastern Standard Time)

Research Workshop: The Research Question

(Students only)

October 22


7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Research Workshop: The Research Question
(Students only)

November 19


10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Realities of Research
(Students only)

December 10


10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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The 1st Pioneer Co-Curricular Summit

The 1st Annual Pioneer Co-Curricular Summit Was Interactive and Informative!

We are thrilled by the feedback we received from Summit participants. Thank you to all attendees and presenters for making this such an impactful event!

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Sept 30 (Friday) EST




The Purpose of the Co-curricular Summit

Matthew Jaskol

Founder & Director, 

Pioneer Academics


Studies on Young Researchers

Matt Makel

Associate Research Professor

Johns Hopkins University School of Education


Research with High School Students

Multidisciplinary Professor Panel


Access to Extracurricular Activities

Francisco Tezén

President and CEO

A Better Chance

Leslie Sullivan

Senior Director


Gregory Manne

Senior Manager, Selection and Global Outreach



Transformative education

Michael Parkin

Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Erwin N. Griswold Professor of Politics

Oberlin College & Conservatory


The Art of a Research Question

Professor Thomas Mullaney

Stanford University

Author of the book Where Research Begins: Choosing a Research Project That Matters to You and the World

Kluge Chair in Technology and Society at the Library of Congress, and a Guggenheim Fellow

Oct 01 (Saturday) EST




The value of the Co-curricular Summit

Matthew Jaskol

Founder, Pioneer Academics


Keynote Speech

Warren Berger

Renowned author of the New York Times Best Selling Book A More Beautiful Question


Essence of Research Rigor

Brian Cooper

Director of Academic R&D,

Pioneer Academics


The Role of Online Education for Advanced Young Learners Following the Initial COVID-inspired Innovations

Rob Arena 

Samuel Robfogel

CTY, Johns Hopkins University


How an Emphasis on Excellence Has a Transformative Impact on Students and Society

Mark Kantrowitz

Director, Research Science Institute (RSI)

Maite Ballestero

Executive VP, Programs


Academic program fair

  • A Better Chance (ABC)

  • Center for Talent Development (CTD), Northwestern University

  • Center for Talented Youth (CTY), Johns Hopkins University

  • Davidson Institute

  • Pioneer Research Institute, Pioneer Academics

  • QuestBridge

  • Research Science Institute (RSI) at MIT, Center for Excellence in Education

  • Rise (An initiative of Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust)

Q&A time with programs


Impact Award