Announcing The Pioneer Academics 2018 Research Journal

The Pioneer Research Program is respected as the world’s only online research program with US college credit for gifted teenagers. Today it announces the students whose papers were selected for publication in the 2018 Pioneer Research Journal! These papers were nominated by our faculty members and went through a rigorous faculty peer review evaluation process to be chosen for publication. The Journal is published each year to showcase the outstanding work of select young Pioneer scholars. It represents the highest level of original research studies conducted by teenagers.

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Each nominated paper was evaluated by the Pioneer Research Journal Committee, a panel of 36 distinguished professors from leading American undergraduate and graduate institutions, who determined which papers are to be included in the Journal. The research papers under consideration represent the top 20% of papers written in the Pioneer Research Program’s academic year of 2018.

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For many of the nominees, the paper represents an academic milestone as well as a personal one. Under the guidance of their Pioneer professors (all distinguished educators who teach at the cutting edge of research among the top 30 universities and liberal arts colleges in the United States), Pioneer scholars mastered critical research skills, and showcased the ability of education to transcend political, personal, and geographic, and socioeconomic boundaries.

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Abigail Romero, a senior from Walter G. O`Connell Copiague High School in New York, reflects on her Pioneer experience: “Coming into the Pioneer Academics Research Program, I already trusted Pioneer as an incredibly rich resource that I can achieve in. And that was because I really see Pioneer as an exemplar of scholarship and the amazing innovation that can take place once dedicated students can be matched up with dedicated professors who are invested in helping younger students aim high and to produce such a capstone research project at an undergraduate level.” Abigail is one among twenty-five students who were published in The Journal this year.

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This year, 24 students were published in The Pioneer Academics Research Journal. In previous years, about the top 6% of Pioneer papers were published whereas this year has reached a historic high: the top 4.6% of Pioneer research papers were published. The breakdown is as follows: 38% STEM papers, 30% humanities papers, 16% social sciences papers, and 16% pre-professional papers (Business and Education in this case). Works by students from six different countries were published: 9 papers are from Chinese students (39%), 10 from the USA (41%), 2 from Turkey (8%), and 1 from India, New Zealand, and Tunisia (4% each).

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“Thank you so much for selecting my research paper for publication in The Pioneer Research Journal!” says Junming Ren from The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. “It is truly a great honor for my work to be shared in such a high-level academic journal.”

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The following is a list of the students whose work was selected for publication in this years journal along with their high schools, the titles of their research papers, and the subject areas those papers covered:

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Yangyang Zhao

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Shenzhen Foreign Languages School — Shenzhen, China

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A Quantitative Estimation of the Probability of Renal Dysfunction Resulting from the Intake of Cadmium-contaminated Rice Samples in China (Chemistry/ Environmental Studies)

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Yao Lin

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Culver Academies — Culver, Indiana; United States

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A Study On Yoko Ono As A Fluxus And Woman Artist (Art History)

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Liyang Zhou

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Hangzhou No.14 High School — Hangzhou, China

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Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotional Dysfunction: An Etiological Model (Psychology)

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Elif Kulaksizoglu

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Hisar School — Istanbul, Turkey

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Calibrating the Salt Concentration of Water Using Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) Technique (Engineering)

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Jiazan Sun

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Auckland International College — Auckland, New Zealand

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Creative Destruction in the Sharing Economy: Uber’s Impacts and Regulation (Economics)

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Kehui Guo

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Beijing World Youth Academy  — Beijing, China

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Descartes’ Justification of the Reliability of Memory (Philosophy).

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Banban Tan

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The Affiliated High School of South China Normal University — Guangzhou, China

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

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Raaka Mukhopadhyay

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Academy for Allied Health Sciences — Scotch Plains, New Jersey; United States

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Examination of Antisocial Personality Disorder: Determining Gender Bias on MMPI Psychopathic Deviate and Evaluating Substance Abuse Relapse Rates (Neuroscience)

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Qianyi Lu

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Beijing No.4 High School, International Campus — Beijing, China

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Film Noir, Urban Space, and Human Agency: Three Case Studies. (Film Studies)

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Jing Chen

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Nanjing High School of Jiangsu Province — Jiangyin, China

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Gender Difference in Network Strength and Mode of Transformation in Entrepreneurial Learning (Business)

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Abigail Romero

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Walter G. O`Connell Copiague High School — Copiague, New York; United States

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How do Perturbation-Based Interventions Help Reactive Balance Control in Stroke Survivors? (Biology)

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Yuwei Guo

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The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China — Beijing, China

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Human Workers and Machine Poets (Science, Technology, Society)

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Jiahui Chen

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International Department of the Affiliated High School of South China Normal University —Guangzhou, China

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Love Thy Neighbor: A Comparative Analysis of Public Discourse about Chinese Rural Migrant (Sociology)

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Joanna Ding

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Choate Rosemary Hall — Wallingford, Connecticut; United States

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Populism & The Paradoxical Politics of Identity (Political Science)

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Shreya Kashap

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Monta Vista High School — Cupertino, California; United States

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Reducing Oncogenic Behavior of MLL Fusion Proteins by Inhibiting Combinations of Genes Necessary for Leukemia Proliferation (Biology)

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Liuxi Sun

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Phillips Exeter Academy — Exeter, New Hampshire; United States

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

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Zheyang Xiong

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Nansha College Preparatory Academy — Guangzhou, China

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Spontaneous Micro-Expression Recognition (Computer Science)

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Mrinalini Wadhwa

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American Embassy School — New Delhi, India

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Stakeholder Analysis: An Explanation of the Botswana Paradox (History)

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Lobna Jbeniani

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African Leadership Academy — Roodepoort, South Africa

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Structures for Women’s Empowerment: A Metaethical Analysis of Institutional Sexism in Modern History (Philosophy)

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Elijah Tamarchenko

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New Paltz Senior High School — New Paltz, New York; United States

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

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Junming Ren

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The Lawrenceville School — Lawrence Township, New Jersey; United States

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The RAISE Act: Shutting the Doors to the Land of Immigrants (Economics)

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Baoyan Ye

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High School Affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University — Shanghai, China

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The Transformation of Hip Hop Music Lyrics in China under Political Censorship from 2017 to 2018 (Culture Studies)

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Max Podell

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Piedmont High School — Piedmont, California; United States

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This Land is Their Land: How Indigenous Peoples Are Crucial to Modern Species Conservation (Environmental Studies)

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Rana Urek

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Robert College — Istanbul, Turkey

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Tilings of a 2 × n checkerboard with squares and dominoes (Mathematics)

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