Announcing the 2019 Pioneer Journal Nominees

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Pioneer Academics is proud to announce that 109 scholars from the 2019 program have been nominated for the Pioneer Research Journal, an annual publication that showcases a collection of outstanding, undergraduate-level research written by high school students. These students come from five continents, 11 countries, and 81 high schools around the world, and their research papers present innovative analysis and new knowledge  in a wide range of academic fields across engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. 

Pioneer Academics’ research program is the world’s only online research system granting US college credits for high school students. These research papers nominated form the capstone of the Pioneer Research Program, an academic research program offered in two terms each year that gives motivated, gifted high school students from around the world the chance to generate undergraduate level academic research. As part of the Pioneer Research Program, students meet online with classmates from around the world in small, seminar-style courses with a university professor. They then work individually with their professor to generate their own research paper on a topic of their choice. 

In 2019, over the course of the research program all of the papers completed by the students from 28 countries underwent rigorous academic oversight.  Each paper represents a milestone in original exploration and discovery. Among those, 109 were chosen as exceptionally outstanding and nominated for potential publication in the 6th Annual Pioneer Research Journal. The nominated papers represent the top 16% of research papers submitted in the 2019 Pioneer Research Program. The process of selecting papers for publication from those nominated involves a comprehensive, double-blind review conducted by a reading committee of over 40 university faculty from over 30 academic fields. In 2018, only the top 4.6% of papers were selected as finalists. The Pioneer Research Journal is edited by the dean of the college of arts and sciences at Oberlin College & Conservatory.

Nominated students were understably very excited and honored to receive nomination. Sample student reactions include:

Victor Guely, Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle London, United Kingdom:
“Thank you for your email.  I am very happy to hear that my paper has been nominated, that’s really exciting!”

Zitian Ye, Beijing National Day School, China:
“I’m honored to have my research paper nominated for publication in the 2019 Pioneer Research Journal, and I want to thank you for the recognition of my work.”

Saara Bhatia, Jayshree Periwal International School, India:
“I wanted to thank you again for this amazing opportunity! I had the best time with the Pioneer Program and writing my research paper was a blast!”

Ansh Nagwekar, Bellarmine College Preparatory, United States:
“Thank you for the nomination for publication in the Pioneer Journal. I truly appreciate this opportunity.”

For a comprehensive view of the students nominated for the 2019 Pioneer Research Journal, including their school, country, Pioneer course topic, and research paper title, please see the chart below.

NomineeSchoolCountryResearch AreaPioneer Paper Title
Janae-Rose FageyinboCharlotte Country Day SchoolUnited StatesAnthropologyAn Investigation of Male Dominance in Professional and Casual Environments
Tianrui XiaThe Experimental High School Attached to Beijing Normal UniversityChinaAnthropology/ Culture StudiesJapanese Animation-Based Communication in a Chinese Youth Community
Yinan MiaoNanjing Foreign Languages SchoolChinaAnthropology/ Culture StudiesSentiment and Resistance: An Observation of Women’s Voice and Social Status from Jiangyong Nüshu
Yining YanShenzhen College of International EducationChinaAnthropology/ Culture StudiesWords and Bodies: A Genealogy of Homosexuality in China
Lucy BrennerScarsdale High SchoolUnited StatesAnthropology/ Culture StudiesTranscendence through Thangkas: The Power of Tibetan Art to Communicate Religious Beliefs
Junwen HuangCalifornia High SchoolUnited StatesAnthropology/ STSDigging Deeper into the Vaccination Controversy: A Scientific Disagreement as a Cultural Phenomenon
Su Min YoonSchool for the Talented and GiftedUnited StatesAnthropology/ STSThe Invisible Culture of Pain and the Opioid Crises
Shuyu ChenWHBC of Wuhan Foreign Languages SchoolChinaArt historyComparative Analysis of Leonardo da Vinci’s Santa Maria Della Neve and Huang Gongwang’s The Remaining Mountain
Yuening HuangNanjing Foreign Languages SchoolChinaArt HistoryDura-Europos Synagogue and Its Interaction with Other Cultural Groups in Dura-Europos
Annalise SeldenPine Crest SchoolUnited StatesArt HistoryThe Ceiling of the Cappella Palatina: Norman Sicily’s Diversity and Artistic Style Under Roger II
Gaoyuan ZangThe Kiski SchoolUnited StatesArt historyA Consideration of Renaissance and Mannerist Paintings on the Same Biblical Subject
Daria ChadiukAppleby CollegeCanadaAstronomyNeural Networks Find Patterns in Transit Photometry Data
Hui LanInternational School of BeijingChinaBiologyThe Relationship Between Gut Microbiome, Hormones, and Acne Vulgaris Disease Presentation
Leyi QiuChengdu Shude High SchoolChinaBiologyDownregulating the Genes SETDB1 and HDAC2 to Restore Functional PR Expression in Endometrial Cancer Cells
Boyang (Bobby) XiaoWalt Whitman High SchoolUnited StatesBiologyEfficacies of Reactive Balance Intervention on the Fall Prevention of Different Levels of Impairment in Individuals Post-Stroke
EmmaRose LoweryCarondelet High SchoolUnited StatesBiologyVirtual Reality: The Future of Stroke and Parkinson’s Rehabilitation
Yeongju LeeJames M Bennett High SchoolUnited StatesBiologyEffectively Evaluate the Progression of Parkinson’s Disease and Improve Gait Impairments Using Wearable Sensors and Augmented Reality Devices
Yuting HuangCulver AcademiesUnited StatesBiologyMacrophage Migration Inhibition Factor: A cancer Promoter, Potential Prognosticator and Chemotherapeutic Target
Zhao TangInternational Department, The Affiliated High School of South China Normal UniversityChinaBiology/ EngineeringCRISPR/dCAS9 Systems for Cytokine Release Syndrome Control
Jinyuan ZengShenzhen College of International EducationChinaBusinessBy Analyzing the Data Between 2009-2017 to Determine Which Factors Have Contributed to Angola Having the Highest Total Entrepreneurship Activity (TEA) Rate in the World in 2018
Mingyuan ZhouYK Pao SchoolChinaBusinessImpact Valuation of Shanghai Young Bakers
Tianhao LiBeijing National Day SchoolChinaBusinessComparison of Determinants of Entrepreneurial Intentions in China and the USA
Yuwei WuShanghai Starriver Bilingual SchoolChinaBusinessEntrepreneurial Education in the United States and Its Impact on Entrepreneurship
Zhanhao ZhangShen Wai International SchoolChinaBusinessImpact of Entrepreneurial Activities and Innovation on the United States’ Economy from 2011 to 2018: Using Statistics from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, Global Innovation Index, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the World Bank
Seungmin SuhHankuk Academy of Foreign StudiesSouth KoreaBusinessSocial Media Strategy and its Effect on Sustained Virality: Differential Audience Response to Five Crafting Channels
Nicole GouSaint Francis High SchoolUnited StatesBusinessHow Should Firms React to Celebrity Scandals?
Elis SõõrdLester B. Pearson United World College of the PacificCanadaChemistryWould Limiting Animal Product Consumption Be an Effective Public Health Strategy? The Role of Industrial Farming in the European Union as a Catalyst for Foodborne Disease Resulting from Antimicrobial-Resistant Bacteria
Minyi HeUlink College, GuangzhouChinaChemistryHuman Health Risk Assessment of Methylmercury and Sulfonamides to Fish Consumers at Ulink Colelge
Xinyi WangShanghai East Foreign Language SchoolChinaChemistryUnderstanding the Mechanism of Luteolin as Antioxidant, Radicals Scavengers, and Anti-Inflammatory Agent
Yiyi YangHigh School Attached to Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityChinaChemistryElectrical Properties of Lithium Nanowire as Precision Resistors
Ashley KimMonta Vista High SchoolUnited StatesChemistryLinear Carbon Chain Nanowires: Patterns in the Efficiency of Generating Current and Chain Length
Huy HuynhStevenson SchoolUnited StatesChemistryArsenic Contamination in Groundwater of the Rural Districts of Hanoi, Vietnam, and a Possible Remediation Method by Nanoscale Zero-Valent Iron
Haozhen WuShenzhen College of International EducationChinaComputer ScienceMusic Symbol Detection Method Based on Multiple Lightweight Target Detection Neural Networks
Mingxiao SongDalian No.24 High SchoolChinaComputer scienceK-means Clustering with Canopy and Generative Art
Yuxing ZhouNanjing Foreign Languages SchoolChinaComputer ScienceTowards Better Real-Time Human Segmentation in Videos
Vikhyath MondretiThe International School BangaloreIndiaComputer ScienceA Complex Networks Approach to Analysing the Erdos-Straus Conjecture and Related Problems
Tian GanCamberwell Girls Grammar SchoolAustraliaCulture studies/ EthnomusicologyExpressing Regional Cultures through Music: Shaanxi Folksinger Ma Fei and Tibetan Rap Group ANU
Ruochen JinThe Woodlands High SchoolUnited StatesCulture studies/ EthnomusicologyA Blended Culture: Greater Houston Area’s Native American Children’s Contest Powwow
Fengyi OuBranksome Hall SchoolCanadaEconomicsAdverse Selection in the Chinese Healthcare System: Reducing Information Asymmetry to Optimize the Utilization of Hospital Capacity
Lunchen SongThe High School Affiliated to Renmin University of ChinaChinaEconomicsPolitical Governance and Economic Performance: A Comparison of Two Special Economic Zones in Africa
Xinshi MaBASIS International School ShenzhenChinaEconomicsAn Institutional Analysis of the Military’s Role in the Egyptian Economy
Yudong ChenBeijing National Day SchoolChinaEconomicsTopic Undisclosed
Bhavya VisalInventure AcademyIndiaEconomicsRestricted Versus Free Internal Migration Policies: Case Studies of India and China
Saara BhatiaJayshree Periwal International SchoolIndiaEconomicsWhat is the Role of Incomplete Information in Optimal Decision Making, When Used in an Unconventional Manner, Such as Knowing Private Information About Others Instead of Oneself
Victor GuelyLycee Francais Charles de GaulleUnited KingdomEconomicsCan Game Theory Solve Brexit?
Aitong ZhongThe Webb SchoolsUnited StatesEconomicsThe Development of Robo-Advisors in Global Markets
Ryan XiePhillips Exeter AcademyUnited StatesEconomicsCustomer Behavior in Online Marketplaces: Attentiveness to Price Framing on Amazon
Justine KumDulwich College SeoulSouth KoreaEducationSocial Media and its Effects on the Foreign Language Curriculum for Undergraduate University Students
Yifei ChenWHBC of Wuhan Foreign Languages SchoolChinaEngineeringHow Has Drip Irrigation Evolved to Contribute to the Elimination of Poverty and Starvation
Irene ChenLeland High SchoolUnited StatesEngineeringA Comprehensive Monte Carlo Simulation of the Single-Electron Transistor
Mehmet Eren AldemirBahcesehir High School for Science and TechnologyTurkeyEngineeringModular and Affordable Crop Monitoring System
Yunfan YangThe Miami Valley SchoolUnited StatesEngineeringArduino Wireless Mailbox Notifier
Yixuan ZhaoShenzhen College of International EducationChinaEngineering/ BiologyComputational Modeling and Simulation of Vulnerable Plaque in the Femoral Artery
Harshika JalanModern High School for GirlsIndiaEnvironmental StudiesThe Fate of Coral Reefs
Ziang TongNanjing Foreign Language SchoolChinaEnvironmental Studies/ EngineeringDesign of a New Water Treatment Plant for Tongtan New Countryside Neighborhood
Zilong WangWHBC of Wuhan Foreign Languages SchoolChinaFilm StudiesThe Fear in the Neo-Noirs-Noirs
Haiming SunJinan Foreign Language SchoolChinaHistoryProtestant Influence on Supreme Court Decisions Regarding Church-State Separation
Gayatri SharmaUnited World College of IndiaIndiaHistoryHow Was Ethnic Identity Constructed in the Balkans During the Yugoslav Wars in Former Yugoslavia?
Sarah LiuThe Kent SchoolUnited StatesHistoryScience in Women’s Cosmetics of 17th Century Europe
Derek Jia Yu ZengSt. John`s SchoolCanadaInternational RelationsPolitical Risk of Japan
Shiyu ZhuWHBC of Wuhan Foreign Languages SchoolChinaInternational RelationsUnderstanding the Impact of Membership in the European Union on Italy: To What Extent Does Membership in the EU Contribute to the Economic Slowdown Since the 1990s
Wei ZhouKeystone AcademyChinaInternational RelationsPolitical Risk of UK
Aditya WaddodagiGreenwood High International SchoolIndiaInternational RelationsPolitical Risk of Sri Lanka
Neha SeshadriMira Loma High SchoolUnited StatesInternational RelationsPolitical Risk of Venezuela
Sarah Sophie SchwarzhappelERG DonaustadtAustriaLiteratureThe Concept of Home and Loss of Home as a Reality and a Metaphor in the Literature of Syrian Authors in Exile in German-Speaking Countries of Europe
Quan ZhouBeijing No.4 High SchoolChinaLiteratureLove and Politics in The Tempest
Zichen ZhouShanghai Starriver Bilingual SchoolChinaLiteratureShakespeare’s Allegory: Sins and Retribution in The Tempest
Cheng QianHigh School Attached to Tsinghua UniversityChinaMathematicsAn Investigation in Tournaments with Bidirectional Arcs
Ziqian JinThe Experimental High School Attached to Beijing Normal UniversityChinaMathematicsTetranacci Identities with Squares, Dominos, and Hexagonal Double- Strips
Ziyang ZhengThe Experimental High School Attached to Beijing Normal UniversityChinaMathematicsBlockchain: Building Path to Utopia
Ronit SinghiJayshree Periwal International SchoolIndiaMathematicsA Study on Graph Ramsey Numbers and Their Bounds
Michael TulskikhEast Mountain High SchoolUnited StatesMathematicsTilings of 2 × n Rectangular Strips Using Dominos and L-shaped Trominos
Bojun JiaoBeijing No.80 High SchoolChinaMedia StudiesChinese Parents: A Little Reunion or a Tremendous Breakdown? Discovering Chinese Families’ Relationships under the Gaokao System in Media
Yuanyuan HaoBeijing World Youth AcademyChinaMedia StudiesUses and Gratifications Research: Beijing Private High School Student’s WeChat Use
Xiyuan ZhaoFresno Christian SchoolUnited StatesMedia StudiesExamining the Communication Styles of Chinese Vloggers and the Relationship Between the Public and the Vlogging Platform
Zitian YeBeijing National Day SchoolChinaMusicObservations and Thoughts on Tchaikovsky’s Romance in F Minor
Sahana PrasannaMonta Vista High SchoolUnited StatesMusicHuman Intuition, Perception, and Execution of a Five-Beat Versus a Seven-Beat Rhythmic Cycle
Fanyue XiaNanjing Foreign Language SchoolChinaNeuroscienceEffects of Tactile Stimulation on Cognitive and Emotional Deficits in Alzheimer Patients
Leidan ChenShenzhen Middle SchoolChinaNeuroscienceThe Relation Between the Big Five Personality Traits and Pleasure Perception as Conveyed to the Brain by C-Tactile Nerve Fibers
Qiyang WangBeijing No.80 High SchoolChinaNeuroscienceCrying and laughing: Factors Affecting Emotion Perception
Thao PhamScience Hill High SchoolUnited StatesNeuroscienceAdult Human Neurogenesis : Music Alleviates Clinical Depression by Stimulating Hippocampal Neurogenesis Augmenting Antidepressants Healing Effects
Victoria CheThe Loomis Chaffee SchoolUnited StatesNeurosciencePersonality Differences and Dopaminergic Pathway in Addiction: A Proposal for Possible Preventative Measures
Zhiyun ZhaoProctor AcademyUnited StatesNeuroscienceThe Collective Consciousness of Ants During Exploratory Behavior
Dihan NiloyDPS STS School DhakaBangladeshPhilosophyWhy Descartes Failed to Prove the Certainty of Any Knowledge
Yiyan HaoThe Experimental High School Attached To Beijing Normal UniversityChinaPhilosophyPrioritizing the Meaning of Life: A Metaethical Analysis of Euthanasia
Zeyu LiuKeystone AcademyChinaPhilosophyJustice to Ren: The Self and Society in Ancient Greece and China
Xiaoyu QiuPegasus California SchoolChinaPhysicsVisible Light Communication with the Application of Digital Filters
Zhechen ZhaoThe High School Attached to Renmin University of ChinaChinaPhysicsAutomated Measurement of the Fresnel Curve
Arush RamtekeGlobal Indian International School, Punggol Smart CampusSingaporePhysicsEvaluation of Atomistic Simulations in Considering Alloying Effect on Strength-Toughness Trade-Off of Aluminum Alloys
Aditya BhardwajMonta Vista High SchoolUnited StatesPhysicsA Comparison of Linear Combination Fitting and Deconvolution Methods in an Analysis of Sulfur K-Edge XANES Spectra for Asphaltenes
Damian MuskAd Astra SchoolUnited StatesPhysicsSimulating the Computational Differences Between the Discrete Fourier Transform and Quantum Fourier Transform
Ling QinThe Church Farm SchoolUnited StatesPhysicsComparison of Edge Enhancement Techniques on Angiograms
Langqing YiVanke Meisha AcademyChinaPhysics/ AstronomyUsing LIGO Data to Plot a Map for Multiple Events
Kaize WuWHBC of Wuhan Foreign Languages SchoolChinaPolitical ScienceHow Should the Chinese Government Change the Mode of Eldercare Service Provision in China and Wuhan City?
Achint DasJohn P. Stevens High SchoolUnited StatesPolitical ScienceUnderstanding the 2018 Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Causes and Remedies
Paul MeadorsLakeland High SchoolUnited StatesPolitical ScienceYoung American Activists: Why American Youth Have Become Politicized
Meihan LuCapital Normal University High SchoolChinaPsychologyPsychological Expectations and Stress Reduction: Examining the Contributing Role of Mindfulness
Yihan ChenWHBC of Wuhan Foreign Languages SchoolChinaPsychologyThe Mediating Effect of Self-Focused Attention on Gender Difference in Depression
Jiaqi FengProvidence Day SchoolUnited StatesPsychologyA Comparison Study of the Effectiveness of Interpersonal Therapy for Dysthymic Adolescents
Katie RevenoGroton SchoolUnited StatesPsychology/ EducationHow Boys and Girls Complete Homework Differently
Ashley LinUnion High SchoolUnited StatesPsychology/ Environmental StudiesStudents as Environmental Activists: A Scholarly Review
Juan SuarezGimnasio La MontañaColombiaPsychology/ NeuroscienceAn Interpretation Account of the Motion Silencing Illusion
Tianwen ChenNanjing Foreign Languages SchoolChinaSociologyTopic Undisclosed
Ting LinInternational Department, The Affiliated High School of South China Normal UniversityChinaSociologyEscape the Corset As a Counterpublic: Beauty Standards, Radical Feminism and Collective Action in South Korea
Carnell ZhouSt. George`s SchoolCanadaSTSA Tale of Two Astronomers: The Disparate Legacies of Thomas Harriot and Galileo Galilei
Qihang XuSt. George`s SchoolCanadaSTSVirtual Reality: Applications and PTSD Treatment
Guankai ZhaiJining Confucius International SchoolChinaSTSCockpit Instruments: A Historical Study of the Ergonomic Considerations in Aircraft
Ansh NagwekarBellarmine College PreparatoryUnited StatesSTSHow Search Engines Affect the Exchange of Quality Information Across the Internet
Jingxing GaoWestern Reserve AcademyUnited StatesSTSThe Reality in Virtual Reality

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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.

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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.

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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]

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