Ananya Lukhi I
High School: Welham Girls’ School, India
Pioneer Research Paper: Social Energy Leads to Better Health

“Pioneer has been a life changing experience for me, it has given so much more context and meaning to my life. Pioneer has taught me the true sense of research, understanding the context of every word in which is being spoken or read. ”

Program

Pioneer is well respected for its rigorous academic standards which apply to both the faculty members and the students. This means succeeding in Pioneer requires students’ strong commitment and dedication.

Pioneer is the only globally recognized and college accredited research program for high school students

What is the Pioneer Research Program?

The Pioneer Research Program provides undergraduate-level research opportunities to talented, intellectually motivated high school students from around the world. It is the only online credit-bearing research program for high school students that offers STEM, social sciences and humanities disciplines.

In the Pioneer Research Program, selected students work one-on-one with leading U.S. university professors in advanced study and research of a topic of their interest, culminating in a full-length research paper. The program is conducted entirely online, allowing high school students from all over the world to participate.

2,040 students from 49 countries and regions have participated in the program over the past seven years.

Pioneer Academic Oversight

Pioneer and Oberlin College collaborate in the following areas to ensure the rigor of the academic operations.

Academic quality control
Pioneer collaborates with an Oberlin committee to conduct academic quality control. Pioneer insists on rigorous policies and procedures that include:

  • Screening faculty
  • Faculty orientation
  • Accurate description of professorship
  • Development and evaluation of pedagogical rubrics
  • Review of research product and evaluation quality
Inside Higher ED features the Pioneer Oberlin collaboration.

Pioneer's Rigorous Academic Operations in collaboration with Oberlin College

Terms

Pioneer 2018 Statistics

2018 student enrollment: 527 (spring and summer terms)
Countries and regions represented: 23

Australia, Bangladesh, Botswana, Canada, China, China Hong Kong, Greece, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Macedonia, New Zealand, Rwanda, The United Kingdom, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, The United States, Vietnam

High school year:

Pioneer research scholars attend hundreds of high schools around the world. Below is a list that highlights a few of them:

2018 Program Grades:
Pioneer Research Program grade distribution for 2018 (program grade and number of students who received it):

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.

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Academic resources

Pioneer’s research skills training courses support students’ research progress

Pioneer’s academic department is responsible for developing and improving our academic research foundation curriculum and functions that include research methodology courses, the writing center, and training on research tools.

Oberlin digital library

Pioneer scholars are granted access to enviable digital research library resources, including academic journals, academic databases, digital music and art libraries, and over 100,000 e-books.

Faculty

Pioneer qualifies its mentoring faculty based on academics and passion for teaching.

Institutions at which Pioneer Faculty Are Employed:

Amherst College
Brown University
Bowdoin College
California Institute of Technology
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Claremont McKenna College
Columbia University
Davidson College
Emory University
Georgetown University
Hamilton College

Harvard University
Johns Hopkins University
New York University
Northwestern University
University of Pennsylvania
Pomona College
Princeton University
Rice University
Vassar College
Washington and Lee University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
The United States Military Academyat West Point

The material I deliver to these high school students is exactly the same as in my college classes. For example, we use Arend Lijphart’s Patterns of Democracy, the same text I use in my comparable upper-division Rice seminar. I take a subset of the modules from my Rice course for juniors and seniors and use it with my high schoolers.

Professor of Political ScienceRice University

Pioneer Research Journal

The Pioneer Research Journal, an annual publication, selects the best papers nominated by faculty research mentors each year.

Papers are selected by a blind review conducted by our Pioneer Research Journal reading committee. This committee is composed of over 40 senior college faculty representing over 30 disciplines.

Blind review means that the faculty who review nominated papers do not know who the student author or mentoring professors are. In 2018, the top 4.7% of the papers were selected for publication in the Pioneer Research Journal.

Pioneer Journal Selection Rates

Pioneer never promises academic journal publication to students. This is important to note as predatory open access publishing has become a toxic issue that devalues valid academic scholarship.

Pioneer’s academics staff may give students an orientation on how to search for peer-reviewed reputable journals, such as those listed in the Scientific Journal Rankings (SJR) for publishing possibilities. If a professor-mentor believes a student’s research is of publishable quality, the professor may choose to invite the student to collaborate on co-authorship. In such cases, Pioneer supervises this process and does not allow a student to be listed as a co-author without material contribution.

Schools Are Proud of Their Students Taking on the Pioneer Challenge

Carondelet High School features four students as Pioneer Research Scholars on their website.
Pine Crest High School congratulates their students participating in Pioneer.
Pine Crest High School congratulates their student whose paper was published in the Pioneer Research Journal (from school website.)
York School's post of the Pioneer Research Program in school's recommendations for summer programs.
Pioneer is recognized and recommended by Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program) to gifted students in the US.
Davidson Institute for Talent Development recommends Pioneer Research Program to interested students.