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For Pioneer scholars conducting mathematics research is like solving a puzzle

For Pioneer scholars, conducting mathematics research is like solving a puzzle

Research in mathematics looks a bit different than any of the other research areas at Pioneer. While some mathematics students in interdisciplinary or applied fields use the scientific method of inquiry, pure mathematics research is often more like solving a puzzle. When faced with the same puzzle, different Pioneer scholars will use a variety of...
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Pioneer Scholar Spolight Alejandra

Pioneer Scholar Spotlight: Alejandra

“Sometimes asking the right question is more important than getting the answer to it.” Before Pioneer scholar Alejandra, from Colombia, applied to do her Pioneer Research Program, she was interested in both biology and physics. She was leaning toward molecular biology, and was trying to decide which of the two areas to focus on. When...
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Pioneer scholars share advice on approaching the research process

Pioneer scholars share advice on approaching the research process

Completing a formal research paper at the college-level can be a daunting task, even for students who are actually in college. It requires a great deal of self discipline, time management, and focus. So how do Pioneer scholars, high school students from all over the world, do it?  The Pioneer Research Program, while highly rigorous,...
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High school students conducting research in physics and engineering at Pioneer

High school students conducting research in physics and engineering at Pioneer use a variety of approaches to contribute new knowledge

Pioneer scholars use a number of strategies to conduct research in the fields of physics, engineering, and astronomy. With the help of computer programs, it is possible to simulate complex experiments without the use of a laboratory. Other students capitalize on existing data and use it to answer a new question, or analyze it in...
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Rigor of Pioneers research curriculum inspires creativity and agency in the research process

Rigor of Pioneer’s research curriculum inspires creativity and agency in the research process

The Pioneer Research Program engages high school students in academic research on original topics in their fields of interest. The culmination of students’ efforts, the Pioneer research paper, is held to college-level standards of academic achievement. All of this happens, however, outside of both high school and collegiate educational settings, through an academic program designed...
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Pioneer research program scholar spotlight

Pioneer Scholar Spotlight: Michael

“Pioneer has a very diverse population of students and you’re going to get a lot of different new perspectives by talking with the other students and they’re going to make your paper more balanced.” When he was growing up, Pioneer scholar Michael was curious about how people made decisions. When he did his Pioneer Research...
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Pioneer research journal 2021

Announcing the 2021 Pioneer Research Journal

Pioneer Academics proudly announces the release of Volume 8 of the Pioneer Research Journal, an international collection of 27 certified undergraduate-level research papers written by exceptional high-school students. Published annually, the journal features the most outstanding research generated by young global scholars enrolled in the Pioneer Research Program. The Pioneer Research Journal nomination and selection...
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Pioneer scholars conducting research in the humanities utilize a variety of methodologies and sources

Pioneer scholars conducting research in the humanities utilize a variety of methodologies and sources

While the word “research” brings to mind white lab coats and beakers of chemicals for many, Pioneer scholars in the humanities produce original research in areas such as history, literature, philosophy, and art history/architecture. What humanities research papers at Pioneer have in common is a deep, qualitative analysis of some form of media, be it...
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Pioneer research allows students to dive into their interests

Pioneer’s academic system allows high school students to dive into their interests and experience the joy of research

Joy is often associated with things like food thanks to the popularity of Irma Rombauer’s, The Joy of Cooking, and more recently to the art of “tidying up”, thanks to Marie Kondo’s fresh approach to organizing and decluttering home and workspaces. In “The Joy of Research”, however, Economist and New York Times Columnist, Paul Krugman,...
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Pioneers rigorous standards empower students

How Pioneer’s rigorous standards empower students and help them unlearn misconceptions about research

Harshika (environmental science, 2019) knew she wanted to research the fate of coral reefs after a family vacation to Australia; however, as a high school student in India, this seemed out of her grasp. “I had always thought that the only way I could do research about coral reefs is if I go to a...
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