Pioneer: Recommended by Duke TIP and leading gifted programs

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Pioneer: Recommended by Duke TIP and leading gifted programs

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Gifted students rely on opportunities outside the classroom to meet their need for intellectual challenge. The Pioneer Research Program, known for its high standards in academics, its concrete research system, and its thorough identification of giftedness, is consistently recommended for gifted youths by Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program) and other leading gifted programs. Pioneer has established itself as the unique academic framework and engaging atmosphere to maximize student potential:

– Pioneer has set the highest possible standards for faculty mentors and students to conduct serious and original research. It requires a transparent research process to ensure that each step meets protocols for excellence and transparency. Following participation in cohort sessions, Pioneer Scholars must develop their own research topic and develop it into a full-blown research paper.

– Pioneer insists on cohort sessions of no more than six students, followed by 1-on-1 sessions with faculty mentors committed to Pioneer-style mentorship. Through these, Pioneer offers highly customized academic engagement ensuring gifted students are getting fully challenged in the way they need.

– Pioneer’s applicant pool draws from 64 countries and regions. Each cohort is very international. The gifted youths from different cultures come together with similar high-powered intellectual profiles and with laser-point interest focus. The peer engagement is exhilarating and long-lasting.

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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