Supporting alumni transition to college and beyond: the Pioneer Academics Alumni Network

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Supporting alumni transition to college and beyond: the Pioneer Academics Alumni Network

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There are currently over 2000 alumni of the Pioneer Research Program, from countries all around the world. In order to give our alumni more opportunities to connect to each other and to academic, research, and professional opportunities, Pioneer Academics has started an Alumni Advisory Board. The Alumni Advisory Board is made up of alumni who range from current high school seniors to current college juniors, and come from Turkey, Botswana, China, Canada, and the US.

A small group session with 12 current Pioneer scholars and two alumni. Eight alumni served as alumni panelists at a recent Pioneer Alumni Panel, which was attended by over 50 current Pioneer scholars from around the world.

When our spring-through-summer and summer cohorts finish this year, an additional 800 Pioneer scholars will become alumni. As a way of enriching our academic program, Pioneer Academics also launched a Student Advisory Board. This student advisory board, made up of ten current spring-through-summer scholars from six different countries: Turkmenistan, China, the US, Canada, Zimbabwe, and South Korea. We are also currently adding new members from our summer term, which will increase our ability to reach more students across different research fields and geographies. The group facilitates opportunities for students to exchange ideas and perspectives across countries and academic disciplines, leveraging their talents and intellectual curiosity to be actively engaged participants and contributors.  We hope that these events help provide an exciting platform to connect our scholars to each other and to new ideas and ways of thinking, and help prepare them to become dynamic members of our Pioneer alumni community. 

Dear 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 that 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 thorough admission process and a high-minded ethics code. 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 Pioneer’s concrete academic system to learn more about the academic system. Academic quality control and academic oversight assure Pioneer’s focus is on learning and learners, and therefore all of our practices were built upon the following principles:

No conflict of interests Pioneer’s academic ethical standards
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.

Click to learn about Pioneer and Oberlin College's groundbreaking academic collaboration.

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 that applicants have authentic field interest and correct priorities. Consequently, no information about professors is released before admission to the program. This policy is much appreciated and respected by universities. Professor-blind admission policy
On this page is 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 or calling 855-572-8863.


Matthew Jaskol

Founder & Program Director