Wendy Wu
College: Harvard University
High School: High Technology High School U.S.
Pioneer Research Paper: Sustainable Urban Development

“I integrated art, STEM and environmental engineering all together into one study. Pioneer has very strict research requirements, and they make the experience even more rewarding.”

College Credit

Pioneer has a rigorous academic system and strict ethical codes which ensure high level and authentic accomplishment. This is why Pioneer is qualified to grant college credit and why Pioneer experience is well respected.

College credit

The Pioneer Research Program is the only online U.S.- college credit-bearing research program for high school students that offers STEM, social sciences, and humanities disciplines with 28 research areas to choose from.

Students selected into Pioneer will receive two college credits if they pass the program. The ground breaking collaboration between Pioneer Academics and Oberlin College ensures that the quality of the research mentorship is held to the highest standards in order to qualify for college credit.

Pioneer’s credibility allows Pioneer scholars to demonstrate their genuine passion and true academic ability through Pioneer’s rigorous system.

Completion of the Pioneer Research Program is listed in college applications as a college course, not an activity or camp, because of the rigorous requirements of its academic system. Pioneer Scholars need to contact their counselors or Pioneer’s team to learn more if necessary.

Pioneer’s college credits granted by Oberlin College are readily transferable to other colleges. Pioneer alumni need to ask Oberlin College to send the Pioneer transcript to the destination institution. The registrar’s office of the receiving institution will decide if the credits will be accepted.

Because of its unique academic system, exemplary standards, and proven integrity, Pioneer’s credibility is respected by selective universities and colleges.

Learn more

Carondelet High School features four students as Pioneer Research Scholars on their website.
Pine Crest High School congratulates their student whose paper was published in the Pioneer Research Journal (from school website.)

Letter to counselors:

Dear counselor/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 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 a (principled or high-minded) ethics code and an initial thorough admission process. 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 [link to academics page] to learn more about the academic system.

Link to the academic system: Academic quality control and academic oversight Pioneer’s focus is on learning and learners, and therefore all of our practices were built upon the following principles:

No conflict of interests [Link to the ethics: ]

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.

[Link to the article about the partnership]

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 authentic field interest and a correct priority of applicants. As a result, no information about professors is released before admission to the program. This policy is much appreciated and respected by universities. [Link to admissions page: Professor-blind admission policy]

On this page, we have assembled 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 info@pioneeracademics.com or calling 855-572-8863.

Best,

Matthew Jaskol

Program director