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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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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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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“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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  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 Stay tuned for the final release of results in May! Selected University Admission Results Selected Liberal...
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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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Pioneer Academics announces the publication of Volume Seven of The Pioneer Research Journal! This multidisciplinary collection of undergraduate-level research by outstanding high school students from around the world features studies in a wide range of academic disciplines in STEM, the humanities, and the social sciences. We are proud to share the work of these young...
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Pioneer’s ethics are the heart of its educational philosophy and mission. To become a Pioneer scholar and join the Pioneer community means cultivating a respect for academic integrity.  Honesty, integrity, transparency, a rigorous academic system and joint oversight with Oberlin College ensure that Pioneer and all Pioneer scholars and faculty are held accountable to a...
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“I think the common motive for all engineering applications is to make people’s lives easier, and to secure a better and safer future for all of us here on Earth.” Pioneer scholar Christos, from Athens, Greece, spent his young childhood with his head in the stars, wanting to be an astronaut and explore the universe....
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Students and parents may feel like having an article published in an academic journal is the ultimate badge of accomplishment after conducting research. This isn’t surprising; who doesn’t like to see their work in print? However, the truth is more complicated. Publishing in reputable journals is very difficult and not accessible for most high school...
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Dear 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 that 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 thorough admission process and a high-minded ethics code. 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 Pioneer’s concrete academic system to learn more about the academic system. Academic quality control and academic oversight assure Pioneer’s focus is on learning and learners, and therefore all of our practices were built upon the following principles:

No conflict of interests Pioneer’s academic ethical standards
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.

Click to learn about Pioneer and Oberlin College's groundbreaking academic collaboration.

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 that applicants have authentic field interest and correct priorities. Consequently, no information about professors is released before admission to the program. This policy is much appreciated and respected by universities. Professor-blind admission policy
On this page is 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 or calling 855-572-8863.


Matthew Jaskol

Founder & Program Director