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Summer Programs
Pioneer admissions appreciates every applicant’s interests and ambitions. In 2021 limited to offering about 1100 admissions for 4500 applications. We believe that all motivated students deserve quality academic opportunities. Therefore we have assembled this list of widely respected online academic and research programs and summer programs that accept both US students and international students: Broadly...
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STEM
For most of his life, Jack (astronomy, 2020), a Pioneer scholar from China, didn’t think much about the night sky. Living in a city, the stars he could see were always dimmed by light pollution. A trip to New Zealand changed everything. Suddenly, he was able to see brilliant constellations, and his interest in astronomy...
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Mentorship
After Pioneer applicants undergo fierce competition through the admission process, it is common that they may feel nervous about getting started in a program famous for its rigorous system. Mentorship by a university professor is one of the components of Pioneer’s academic system. Transitioning from small group cohort sessions to one-on-one meetings with their professor,...
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Website updates
Pioneer’s academic placement process assigns Pioneer scholars to cohorts with a specialized research concentration. These cohorts are very small––no more than six students and a faculty mentor––yet they are truly international, welcoming students from all over the globe. In these cohorts, Pioneer scholars have the chance to interact with peers with diverse backgrounds and perspectives,...
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Ethan website updates
“Ultimately, research, especially psychological research, is about helping our communities, helping people around us.” Pioneer scholar Ethan, a third-generation Mexican-American from Austin, Texas, found his family background important to his Pioneer Research Program. With a broad interest in social sciences—he included psychology, anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies on his Pioneer application—Ethan was “really excited” to...
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Ask for help
The ambition for perfection may be one of the effective drivers for high-achieving students. Perfectionism, however, can be paralyzing for students, especially when embarking on a major research project. The issue is not going away––according to a study published in 2018, perfectionism has increased significantly among young adults since 1980①. On the other hand, while...
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Duke tip image new format
Gifted students rely on opportunities outside the classroom to meet their need for intellectual challenge. The Pioneer Research Program, known for its high standards in academics, its concrete research system, and its thorough identification of giftedness, is consistently recommended for gifted youths by Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program) and other leading gifted programs. Pioneer has...
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Research process
Confused about the difference between a research concentration, research area, or research paper topic? We’re here to help! At Pioneer, the research journey moves from research area to research concentration, and finally to research paper topic. Writing an undergraduate-level research paper as a high school student is a challenge, and everything about the Pioneer Research...
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Spotlight Tobi
“I tend to like things that are a bit hard and challenging, so I like math a lot.” Pioneer scholar Tobi, from Abuja, Nigeria, is both an artist and a mathematician. She enjoys tie dying, although she says she’s not a very good artist. She is obviously a brilliant mathematician, since her Pioneer Research Program...
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Academic Integrity
Research is a valuable experience for students because it puts them in a larger academic community of scholars all over the world. Fostering such a sense of academic community not only gets students excited about research––it can produce intrinsic motivation for academic integrity. Guidelines about plagiarism and citations transform from classroom rules to values that...
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