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College Admissions Officer Dialogues

Pioneer is known as selective and is respected by top universities.

From the former Associate Director of Admissions - University of Pennsylvania & Wharton

Here you can listen directly to a former veteran admissions officer of Penn & Wharton about his insight of Pioneer Scholars when he read their applications to Penn.

Pioneer Summer 2020 Applications Are Open

2,040 students from 49 countries and regions have participated in the program since 2012.

A new simulated annealing clustering algorithm with a dual perturbation method

Mathematics - Julian Lee

The generative art produced by Julian’s mathematical coding shown here was picked as the cover of MAA FOCUS, the magazine of Mathematical Association of America. This art in Julian’s paper changes based upon each algorithm’s performance over multiple runs such that two of these algorithms can be compared through analysis of the art. Generative art can become a new method for comparing optimizations of any given algorithm in the future.

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

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

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.

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.

Guided by gravity: the story of a Pioneer Scholar's research on gravitational waves

One year before gravitational waves were discovered, three Pioneer scholars – high school students – tackled the high-level, complex subject themselves – engaging in their own data analysis, programming their own models, and authoring their own research papers on  LIGO. The founders of LIGO were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2017.

A Public Benefit Corporation

In part because of COVID-19, we are receiving an even greater number of applications than usual. The admissions team is speeding up the processing while maintaining our rigorous standards. It is critical to submit your application early before the final deadline! To join an information session, please visit the Admission page.

Special Announcement! We are aiming to launch special programs to bring students summer enrichment. Stay tuned!

Why Is Pioneer So Respected?

Pioneer has developed a rigorous pedagogical system with collegiate academic oversight. Through the highest standards, Pioneer sets authentic transparency of each young scholars’ level of accomplishment with the most selective college and universities.

Letter to counselors:

Dear counselor/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 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 a (principled or high-minded) ethics code and an initial thorough admission process. 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 [link to academics page] to learn more about the academic system.

Link to the academic system: Academic quality control and academic oversight Pioneer’s focus is on learning and learners, and therefore all of our practices were built upon the following principles:

No conflict of interests [Link to the ethics: ]

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.

[Link to the article about the partnership]

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 authentic field interest and a correct priority of applicants. As a result, no information about professors is released before admission to the program. This policy is much appreciated and respected by universities. [Link to admissions page: Professor-blind admission policy]

On this page, we have assembled 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.


Matthew Jaskol

Program director