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    Quotes directly from Matthew Pohl

    Pioneer’s Respected Selectivity

    “There are very few selective summer programs out there that emphasize research. Pioneer is one
    of very few selective summer undergraduate research opportunities, and that’s something that’s
    known among college admissions officers at top universities.”

    Pioneer’s Leadership mindset

    “I believe Pioneer’s system really prepared students for the leadership mindset.”

    Credibility through academic system

    “Oberlin College is considered one of the top liberal arts colleges in the U.S. If they are
    partnering with an organization that provides excellent programs to students, then there’s
    credibility there. Automatically.”

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    The Pioneer Research Program is the ONLY global
    program in which students conduct
    research one-on-one
    with a professor online in Pioneer’s rigorous

    Foundational Research Seminars

    Pioneer offers virtual seminars on research methodologies in addition to subject sessions.

    Pioneer Writing Center

    Pioneer’s writing center follows the highest ethical standards in providing academic writing support to Pioneer scholars.

    Online Library

    • About 400 research databases and journals.
    • Over 100,000 e-books.

    Academic Oversight

    Pioneer and Oberlin College jointly administer academic oversight.

    Accomplishment Endorsed by Pioneer

    It is well known that Pioneer holds the highest academic standards. Research accomplishments
    through Pioneer are trusted and respected.

    College Credit

    Pioneer scholars earn two college credits and the Pioneer Research Program is categorized as
    a college course, instead of just an extracurricular activity, on college applications.


    • Pioneer’s tuition is 6,450 US dollars.
    • As part of its social mission, Pioneer Academics dedicates funds every year to
      need-based scholarships for students to participate in the Pioneer Research Program.
      These funds are very limited and their use is restricted to cases in which the need
      of the students’ family can be reliably accredited. Students are eligible for these
      scholarships in countries where need can be assessed or if they are part of a
      non-profit organization or an educational institution that can assess need.
    • Considering students have significantly fewer options for their summer enrichment, Pioneer adjusted the cohort size from maximum 5 to maximum 6 so that we can offer the opportunity to more students. Please be aware that Pioneer will only expand cohorts which we feel sure will not be compromised in any way by a slight increase in participation. Some areas, therefore, may stay at a maximum of 5 because the nature of the course requires heavier coaching.


    • Pioneer admissions still requires the same application materials, but we may adjust the timing in response to current realities. If you can work with your counselor to collect your official transcript and counselor evaluation and submit them soon after you submit your application, it will speed up the process. Pioneer admissions requires an official transcript and counselor evaluation to process applications for the final round. If these items won't be available during the process due to COVID-19, applicants must submit evidence that the school's counseling office is closed. Pioneer admissions will then decide what adjustment shall be granted.

    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