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2020 Pioneer Alumni College Acceptance Update

The Pioneer Scholars college and university admissions statistics are updated. We are so proud of all our scholars and are looking forward to supporting them as alumni wherever they go!

Announcing the 2020 Pioneer Research Journal

Pioneer presents the 27 original research papers selected for publication in 2020. These papers were chosen from almost 1000 submissions, breaking the 2019 record with just a 2.7% selection rate.

Counting Down to The Final Summer Application Deadline - April 25

Apply to join the Pioneer community of 3014 alumni from 58 countries and regions. We invite you to learn more about the program.

New year, new video!

Pioneer launches a fresh compilation of program insights to give potential scholars a comprehensive understanding.

Click to watch and learn more about Pioneer and our program.

Pioneer Featured Research

AI-generated art selected for the cover of esteemed mathematics magazine

Cover art by Zora Zhang, Henry M Gunn High School.

© The Mathematical Association of America, 2019. All rights reserved.
maa.org/pubs/focus

Pioneer Scholar Zora Zhang conducted her research on the Annealing Algorithm, a procedure for optimizing mathematical solutions. The artwork was generated by programming the approximation simulation as part of Pioneer’s interdisciplinary study, incorporating both math and computer science.

Comparing and Contrasting Economics Development: the Case of Malaysia and Singapore

Economics

About the Scholar: Alesha Wong Yun Ying grew up in Malaysia and attended Tenby International School in Setia Eco Park, Malaysia

The Research:

When Singapore and Malaysia became separate countries in 1965, Singapore was tiny and underdeveloped, had no natural resources, and was populated by recent immigrants. However, although both Singapore and Malaysia have flourished over the subsequent 50 years, Singapore is now one of the world’s wealthiest nations. Alesha tracks four key economic indicators and analyzes some of the factors that led to Singapore outperforming Malaysia. She concludes that Singapore’s leaders made some wise decisions regarding infrastructure, sound government, and the environment, while Malaysia has been held back by government corruption, policies that create inequality, and a higher birth rate.

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Pioneer's Respected System

Pioneer is well respected because of its robust and rigorous academic system, which enables the collaboration with Oberlin College in academic procedure development and oversight.
 

Can a Computer Be an Author? Human Workers and Machine Poets

Science, Technology & Society

About the Scholar: Pioneer Scholar Yuwei is from Beijing, China, where she attended The High School Affiliated to Renmin University

The Research:

“Composing machines” use algorithms and neural network structures to generate new combinations of words – and in some cases, poetry. Can machines be poets, Yuwei asks, or do they only imitate and rearrange human poetry? Yuwei’s paper re-examines our ideas about authorship, suggesting that human authors, too, merely imitate rather than create new ideas. Although Yuwei challenges the idea that humans are the only creative species, she maintains that only humans experience epiphany, a spontaneous and creative force that gives us an edge over machines.Yuwei warns that the ‘life’ we create through technology isn’t necessarily equal to our own.

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Love Thy Neighbor: A Comparative Analysis of Public Discourse about Chinese Rural Migrants

Sociology

About the Scholar: Pioneer Scholar Jiahui is from Guangzhou, China, where he attended The International Department of the Affiliated High School of South China Normal University

The Research:

China’s “hukou” registration system divided the population into urban and rural residents, unintentionally creating a binary citizenship – rural residents are now seen as a separate ethnic group and receive inferior treatment. Jiahui’s paper examines how public discourse on Chinese rural migrants has changed over 18 years.

His media analysis reveals increasingly negative attitudes towards rural migrants, finding that many city-dwellers have learned to see them as criminals. Jiahui brings to light the role that Chinese media has had in shaping national perspectives on an economic class that has not received the same rights and opportunities as its urban counterpart.

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A Public Benefit Corporation

The Pioneer 2021 summer application is closed. We appreciate each applicant's interest and effort and wish all applicants the best of luck!
2020 Pioneer alumni college acceptance statistics are updated, Click here to take a look.
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  • Considering students have significantly fewer options for their summer enrichment, Pioneer adjusted the cohort size from maximum 5 to maximum 6 so that we can offer the opportunity to more students. Please be aware that Pioneer will only expand cohorts which we feel sure will not be compromised in any way by a slight increase in participation. Some areas, therefore, may stay at a maximum of 5 because the nature of the course requires heavier coaching.

 

  • Pioneer admissions still requires the same application materials, but we may adjust the timing in response to current realities. If you can work with your counselor to collect your official transcript and counselor evaluation and submit them soon after you submit your application, it will speed up the process. Pioneer admissions requires an official transcript and counselor evaluation to process applications for the final round. If these items won't be available during the process due to COVID-19, applicants must submit evidence that the school's counseling office is closed. Pioneer admissions will then decide what adjustment shall be granted.

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 info@pioneeracademics.com or calling 855-572-8863.

Best,

Matthew Jaskol

Founder & Program Director