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2021 Summer Term Accepts Applications

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.

The first four Pioneer Scholars, where are they now?

Four exceptional students joined Pioneer in 2012 and became the very first high school researchers. Recently, they reunited with Pioneer and shared with us where their research has taken them and the exciting careers they have started. Read the special edition of Pioneer Magazine to celebrate their stories!

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.

Structures for Women’s Empowerment: A Metaethical Analysis of Institutional Sexism in Modern History

Philosophy

About the Scholar: Pioneer Scholar Lobna, originally from Africa and currently a student at Dartmouth College.

The Research:
Comparing philosophy as the head and religion as the heart, Lobna argues that modern philosophers, often liberal in their approach toward other topics, espouse a clear delineation between the sexes in a supposedly rational manner, and then religious leaders enact these beliefs, ensuring that successive generations continue to follows these same patterns. With men claiming their legitimate place as both the mind and heart, Lobna argues, women are left to tend to the body, and therefore shut out of the mind and heart of society. ⁣

Lobna concludes by offering a path forward: “In order for us to be nurtured and supported by the women in our lives, we as people who take seriously both our faith and reason – will instead enable women to reclaim their role in society by allowing them access to opportunities for personal and socio-economic empowerment.” ⁣

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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.

Reducing Oncogenic Behavior of MLL Fusion Proteins by Inhibiting Combinations of Genes Necessary for Leukemia Proliferation

Biology

About the Scholar: Shreya Kashap is from the United States, where she attends Monta Vista High School.

The Research:
Mixed lineage leukemia is an acute blood cancer that forms when two chromosome pieces combine to form a mutated gene. With its rapid effects and poor prognosis, MLL is difficult to treat using existing chemotherapy drugs. Shreya’s research paper examines why existing drug therapies for MLL have been ineffective at preventing the cancer from forming. The solution she proposes––inhibition of vulnerabilities in the MLL2 gene––has the potential to reduce the number of new MLL cases.

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Divided by Discrimination: An Analysis of Stereotyping and Differential Behavior during a Shopping Expedition

Anthropology

About the Scholar: Pioneer Scholar Gabrielle is from Oakland, California, where she attended The College Preparatory School.

The Research:

Gabrielle completed a field study examining the treatment of Black and white teenagers at a department store in a predominantly white neighborhood of California. Observing eye contact, body distance, posture, and tone, Gabrielle analyzed the nonverbal messages that were sent to Black and white teenagers in the store. While the white teenagers were welcomed genially into the store, the Black teenagers were often ignored and, in some cases, even treated with hostility. Gabrielle’s study is a reminder of the racial discrimination that persists in America, and of the negative narratives about young Black people that still require dismantling.

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Quotes directly from Matthew Pohl

Pioneer’s Respected Selectivity

“There are very few selective summer programs out there that emphasize research. Pioneer is one
of very few selective summer undergraduate research opportunities, and that’s something that’s
known among college admissions officers at top universities.”

Pioneer’s Leadership mindset

“I believe Pioneer’s system really prepared students for the leadership mindset.”

Credibility through academic system

“Oberlin College is considered one of the top liberal arts colleges in the U.S. If they are
partnering with an organization that provides excellent programs to students, then there’s
credibility there. Automatically.”

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The Pioneer Research Program is the ONLY global
college-credit-bearing
program in which students conduct
research one-on-one
with a professor online in Pioneer’s rigorous
system.

Foundational Research Seminars

Pioneer offers virtual seminars on research methodologies in addition to subject sessions.

Pioneer Writing Center

Pioneer’s writing center follows the highest ethical standards in providing academic writing support to Pioneer scholars.

Online Library

  • About 400 research databases and journals.
  • Over 100,000 e-books.

Academic Oversight

Pioneer and Oberlin College jointly administer academic oversight.

Accomplishment Endorsed by Pioneer

It is well known that Pioneer holds the highest academic standards. Research accomplishments
through Pioneer are trusted and respected.

College Credit

Pioneer scholars earn two college credits and the Pioneer Research Program is categorized as
a college course, instead of just an extracurricular activity, on college applications.

Tuition

  • Pioneer’s tuition is 6,450 US dollars.
  • 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 very limited and their use is restricted to cases in which the need
    of the students’ 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.
  • 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