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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.

The Application of the Buddhist Idea of “Non-Self” to Western Psychotherapy Practices

Philosophy

About the Scholar: Pioneer Scholar Elijah grew up in the United States and Italy. He attended New Paltz High School in New York

The Research:

Elijah researched one of Western psychology’s most popular new tools: Buddhist mindfulness and meditation practices. His paper explains that although Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy has become popular in the last several years, psychologists have not been able to fully harness its benefits because of their Western perspectives on the self. If Western psychology were to adopt the Buddhist idea of “Anatta” or “non-self,” meditation could instead be used as a tool to soothe inner suffering rather than external stress. This could decrease stress, anxiety, and depression, and provide patients with new perspectives and skills to bring to their daily lives.

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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.
 

Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS): the “Liking” Reaction and Behavioral Implications

Biology

About the Scholar: Liuxi Sun grew up in the United States and currently attends Phillips Exeter Academy.

The Research:
For decades, Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) has been described as the genetic basis for numerous disorders that are described as both impulsive and compulsive, including alcoholism, drug abuse and attention deficit disorder. However little research has been conducted into analyzing the role of the brain mechanisms involved in the compulsive and impulsive deficits. Liuxi researched and predicted activation of the orbitofrontal cortex will result in the increased impulsive and compulsive behaviors associated with the disorder.

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Educational Practices for Developing Life and Communication Skills Among Teenagers Having Down syndrome in United States and in China

Education

About the Scholar: Banban Tan grew up in China and attended The Affiliated High School of South China Normal University in Guangzhou, China

The Research:

In the US, children with Down syndrome are typically educated in public school classrooms with their age peers. In China, they are educated as a group in full-time special training programs. Banban’s original research, described in this paper, is based on her interviews with randomly selected students at a Chinese special school, compared with studies of adolescents with Down syndrome in the US and the Netherlands. The Chinese children had good communication skills, but the American model was likely to produce better all-around skills. Neither model could prepare students with Down syndrome for a fully independent adult life.

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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