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It’s no secret that the Pioneer Academics research program is challenging. Every year, it accepts highly motivated and passionate high school students to meet the challenges of the program and do authentic research with the support of a qualified faculty mentor and Pioneer’s academic system. At first, the rigor and pace of the program can...
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Authentic assessment
In recent years, there has been significant debate over the role that exams should play in education. While some believe that test scores provide a useful metric to compare students from different backgrounds, critics have pointed out issues with an overreliance on exams, from the ineffectiveness of standardized tests at measuring student performance① to the...
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Hannah updates
“My love of learning came from my love of books and love of words, which I think is a great foundation in general. The more I read and the more I learned, the more I wanted to learn more.” Pioneer scholar Hannah, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has always loved school and loved learning. Reading, history, and...
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backyards
Isa (chemistry, 2020), a Pioneer scholar from the United States, traces her interest in chemistry to the memory of her grandfather putting toothpaste on her mosquito bites to stop the itch. When she later learned in school that this home remedy works because of a chemical reaction–the basic toothpaste neutralizing acidic mosquito saliva–she knew she...
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Knowledge
When Ethan (psychology, 2019) applied to Pioneer, he knew he was interested in psychology, immigrataion, and bilingualism. These interests motivated him to apply to the research areas of international relations, psychology, and culture studies. Pioneer’s admissions team placed him in a cohort focused on the psychology of immigration. During his cohort sessions, he learned a...
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STEM research
Conducting research in STEM presents specific challenges to high school students. Creativity is essential, but so is having a clear methodology and specialized knowledge related to one’s topic. In this case, a structured mentorship program is particularly helpful. Pioneer’s academic system ensures that students have the support they need to do creative research in STEM....
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Create new knowledge
Traditionally, students are encouraged to take courses in a sequence moving from the general to the specific. This system of education generally assumes that students must first acquire broad knowledge of a subject before they are capable of undertaking in-depth research into it. For this reason, a majority of undergraduate students do not engage in...
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Cecilia website photo
“I’m interested in using existing knowledge to impact the system through policies for higher level changes.” Pioneer scholar Cecilia, from Chengdu, China, is passionate about healthcare. When she was first thinking about applying to the Pioneer Research Program, she thought biology should be a choice for her research area, since that’s what she intended to...
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2020 alumni college acceptance 1
  We applaud all Pioneer Scholars who strode through 2020 with curiosity and diligence.  Whichever universities or colleges they attend, Pioneer scholars deserve our admiration for their outstanding research. Check out some of their stories and profiles at www.instagram.com/pioneer_academics/. Stay tuned for the final release of results in May! Selected University Admission Results Selected Liberal...
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Math
Many people associate mathematics with rote memorization of theorems and their application. This may be the reason that creativity is so often associated with the arts and humanities before math. However, mathematical research requires creativity, ingenuity and originality. While this may seem daunting for high school students, Pioneer has designed an innovative academic system to...
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