Scientific American features Pioneer as one of the three leading online mentoring programs

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High school students – do you want to dive into an area of study and explore a never-before answered question with a professor-mentor? Pioneer Academics, a public benefit corporation, created a research mentorship model for high school students in 2012. This unique model provides undergraduate-level credit-bearing research opportunities to talented, intellectually motivated high school students from around the world..

It is the only online research program for high school students that offers 28 study areas in STEM, social sciences and humanities disciplines. In the Pioneer Research Program, students work one-on-one with leading US university professors in advanced study and research of a topic of their interest, culminating in a full-length research paper. The program is conducted entirely online, allowing high school students from all over the world to participate. 1392 students from 43 countries and regions have participated in the program in the past seven years.

As part of its social mission, Pioneer Academics dedicates funds every year to need-based scholarships for students to participate in the Pioneer Research Program. These funds are restricted to cases in which the need of the student’s family can be reliably accredited. Students are eligible for these scholarships in countries where need can be assessed or if they are part of a non-profit organization or an educational institution that can assess need.

The 28 research areas include:.

Anthropology, architecture, art history, astronomy, biology, business, chemistry, communications study, computer science, culture study, economics, education, engineering, environmental studies, film studies, history, international relations, literature, mathematics, media studies, music theory, neuroscience, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, STS (Science, technology and society), and sociology

Register and we will invite you to learn more by attending the online information session.

https://pioneeracademics.com/html/joininfosession.php?UTC=America

Letter to counselors:

Dear counselor/educator friend,

In the critical process of preparing students to transition to college, you are key. The
ramifications of your guidance are far-reaching.

The Pioneer Research Program believes it, too, has a role to play in preparing students of special potential and passion for learning. This is a role we trust you will appreciate knowing about. Our mission is to offer a deep and otherwise unavailable opportunity to exceptionally motivated young scholars who want to learn and research at the college level and to explore their potential for innovation.

What makes Pioneer a unique deep-dive learning experience is not just the mentorship of distinguished professors. It is the rigorous quality controls developed conjointly by Pioneer and Oberlin College. Professors (must) adhere to rubrics for

1) setting learning goals;

2) syllabus development;

3) oversight, feedback and evaluation, and

4) grading standardization.

This rigorous academic system is supported by a (principled or high-minded) ethics code and an initial thorough admission process. The combination gives students an exceptional learning experience that is brought to fruition in a college-level research paper documenting their findings.

You can follow this link [link to academics page] to learn more about the academic system.

Link to the academic system: Academic quality control and academic oversight Pioneer’s focus is on learning and learners, and therefore all of our practices were built upon the following principles:

No conflict of interests [Link to the ethics: ]

Because of its high academic and ethical standards, the Pioneer program has earned the trust of college admissions departments and formed the basis for the ground-breaking collaboration with Oberlin College. Pioneer scholars get two college credits upon completing their Pioneer research.

[Link to the article about the partnership]

Pioneer has a rigorous admission process. Students who have genuine academic interests and are highly motivated are a good fit with Pioneer’s values. Pioneer’s founding board insisted that Pioneer commit to a professor-blind policy during the application process, ensuring authentic field interest and a correct priority of applicants. As a result, no information about professors is released before admission to the program. This policy is much appreciated and respected by universities. [Link to admissions page: Professor-blind admission policy]

On this page, we have assembled the critical information needed to meet your needs.

If you have additional questions, feel free to let us know how we can help you by emailing info@pioneeracademics.com or calling 855-572-8863.

Best,

Matthew Jaskol

Program director