Alumni & Statistics

Pioneer alumni form a community of teenage researchers from 58 countries around the world. It is their genuine interest in their intellectual pursuits that bonds these talented young people from different cultures together.

Pioneer Scholars in The Spotlight

All Pioneer scholars shine in their own ways. The following students responded to our editor’s invitation to feature their accomplishments. We welcome all Pioneer Scholars to share their stories and pictures with the community by sending an e-mail to

Pioneer Alumni

Mpilo Norris

2017 Summer Pioneer Scholar

High school:
Choate Rosemary Hall, US
Pioneer Research Paper:
Comparative Inquiry Into Western Liberal Democratic Values
Attending institution:
Yale University

Mpilo Norris

Yale University

Mpilo Norris is a Pioneer Alumnus from the United States who will be attending Yale University this fall. Being both a strong leader and a scholar, Mpilo was elected to head Choate’s Student Council as the 2017/18 Student Body President. During this time, Mpilo was selected to be a Pioneer Scholar and conducted research on western liberal democratic values.

Hannah O'Toole

2017 Summer Pioneer Scholar

High school:
Monte Vista High School, US
Pioneer Research Paper:
Trophic Cascades Caused by Overfishing Analysis and Prevention
Attending institution:
Boston University

Hannah O'Toole

Boston University

Born in San Francisco, and a proud alum of Monta Vista HS and Pioneer Academics, Hannah O’Toole’s research focused heavily on what her environment had taught her Growing up by the coast, and from a neighborhood focused on environmental protection, Hannah wanted to bring her knowledge to the rest of the world. Working on overfishing complications in her paper, “Trophic Cascades Caused by Overfishing Analysis and Prevention,” Hannah explored the ripple effects caused by overfishing.

Wendy Wu

2017 Spring Pioneer Scholar

High school:
High Technology High School, US
Pioneer Research Paper:
Sustainable Urban Development
Attending institution:
Harvard University

Wendy Wu

Harvard University

Born to two architect parents, Wendy has been surrounded by a passion for design and creation her whole life, and she applied this desire to her studies at Pioneer. Focusing on Green Architecture in her research paper entitled “Sustainable Urban Development,” Wendy shares her aspiration to combine our natural and man-made worlds into a single bio-organic world.Wendy maintains a deep passion for ecology and sustainable living; this passion is what propelled her to greatness in Pioneer, and will continue to propel her in her time at Harvard.

Jiho David Yoo

2016 Summer Pioneer Scholar

High school:
Seoul International School, South Korea
Pioneer Research Paper:
The Study of Biology: How Biology Gives Rise to Sexism
Attending institution:
Cornell University

Jiho David Yoo

Cornell University

Amiel Dixon

2017 Summer Pioneer Scholar

High school:
Achievement First Brooklyn High School, US
Pioneer Research Paper:
Social Justice and Activism in African American communities
Attending institution:
Stanford University

Amiel Dixon

Stanford University

Amiel Dixon took her Pioneer experience to heart and used it to not only further her academic skills, but to give her the information she needed to become a stronger activist in the world. Her research topic was devoted to social justice and activism in African American communities. Amiel used her own deep rooted experiences in her culture and her neighborhood to fight back against the injustices in the world, and she will continue to do so at Stanford University in the fall.

Enci Liu

2016 Spring Pioneer Scholar

High school:
International Department of the Affiliated High School of South China Normal University, China
Pioneer Research Paper:
Chinese Tracking: An Unexploited Hotspot with Underlying Benefits
Attending institution:
Stanford University

Enci Liu

Stanford University

Kevin Calderon

2017 Summer Pioneer Scholar

High school:
Scholars’ Academy, US
Pioneer Research Paper:
The Relationship between the Molecular Structure of Insecticides and their Biological and Environmental Implications
Attending institution:
Stanford University

Kevin Calderon

Stanford University

While some people focus on the big picture, Kevin Calderon focuses on the small – the microscopic, to be exact. His research, titled ‘The Relationship Between the Molecular Structure of Insecticides and their Biological and Environmental Implications,’ looked at the connection between insecticides and the danger they pose to the world around us. Through his time with Pioneer, he developed a better understanding of both molecular and interpersonal interactions. Kevin, who attended Scholars Academy in New York, will be continuing his academic journey at Stanford University.

Kexin Zhao

2017 Spring Pioneer Scholar

High school:
Beijing National Day School, China
Pioneer Research Paper:
The Development of Folk Music in Modern China
Attending institution:
Brown University

Kexin Zhao

Brown University

Samantha Maguire

2016 Summer Pioneer Scholar

High school:
Carondelet High School, US
Pioneer Research Paper:
Research into Human Genetics and Precision Medicine
Attending institution:
Brown University

Samantha Maguire

Brown University

When Samantha Maguire was accepted into Pioneer, she was finally granted the opportunity she had longed for since she was nine: conducting research in the area of biology and genome studies. Samantha’s stellar Pioneer experience lead her to becoming a co-author on a paper spearheaded by the very professor she worked with in the program. This achievement made such a large impact on Samantha’s life that she is now preparing to move from Carondelet High in California to join her professor at Brown university, where they can continue their research together.

Xiangyu Zheng

2017 Spring Pioneer Scholar

High school:
International Department of the Affiliated High School of South China Normal University, China
Pioneer Research Paper:
Ethical Considerations of State Responsibility toward Refugees: Analyzing China’s Refugee Capacity from a Socio-Economic
Attending institution:

Xiangyu Zheng

Despite living in Guangzhou, China, Xiangyu always felt connected to the global community and the welfare of humanity. Drawing on personal experience and his cultural background, Xiangyu conducted his Pioneer research on China’s moral obligations towards Syrian refugees. His paper, “Ethical Considerations of State Responsibility towards Refugees: Analyzing China’s Refugee Capacity from a Socio-Economic Perspective,” dealt with the humanity factor of refugees and the cultural integrity of both the Syrian and the Chinese host communities. Xiangyu focused heavily to also draw attention to the realistic consideration that emerges from the encounter of diverse cultural communities.

Zheran He

2017 Summer Pioneer Scholar

High school:
Beijing No. 2 Middle School, China
Pioneer Research Paper:
The Brother as an Other: Redefining Otherness through Examining the Similar
Attending institution:
Stanford University

Zheran He

Stanford University

Pioneer allowed me to embark on an unexpected journey. Not only did Pioneer teach me how to conduct rigorous research, it also made me realize my power in the society, prompting me to foster people’s self perception development with my own words and endeavor.

Omar Ramos

2017 Summer Pioneer Scholar

High school:
Midlothian High School, US
Pioneer Research Paper:
Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango: Musical analysis of a Contemporary Epitome of Tango
Attending institution:
Stanford University

Omar Ramos

Stanford University

Despite living and attending school in Midlothian, Texas, Omar has always felt a connection to the music of the world. Drawing on his cultural and personal background, Omar conducted his Pioneer research into the cultural and notational musical theory behind Tango.His paper, entitled “Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango: Musical Analysis of a Contemporary Epitome of Tango,” dealt with the cultural and musical history of his favorite music style. Omar successfully expressed not only how the music style came to exist, but the social unrest and turmoil that was so intrinsic to its creation. Omar will be attending Stanford this fall.

We are proud of all Pioneer scholars because of their curiosity and endeavors. The following statistics are shown to give prospective students a sense of the caliber of scholars selected into the program and as one measure of the recognition of the work they did through Pioneer’s rigorous research program. While this helps to provide perspective, we recognize that genuine intellectual passion and dedication are measured by far more than the colleges to which students are admitted.

2021 University Results


Students' High School

Pioneer Research Topic

Boston College

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

Undocumented, Unemployed, and Sick in California: Extending Emergency COVID-19 Relief to Undocumented Immigrants

Boston University

Hisar School

Identifying the Receptor Based Vibrotactile Information Processing Channels Involved in Vibratory Analgesia and their Differences within the Ethnic Context.

Brown University (6)

Mahindra United World College India

Importance of and Pathways to Humanising Climate Change

Radians School of Math, Science and Technology

The Effects of the Unequal Distribution of Damages From Environmental Breakdown on the Wellbeing of Wome, Black People, and Low-Income Households

Beijing National Day School

Marketing and Reception of LGBT-themed Musicals in the U.S. and China

YK Pao School

How does Montesquieu create the effect of grotesque in Persian letters?

YK Pao School

Analysis by various methods of x-ray absorption with synchrotron radiation data to qualitatively and quantitatively ascertain the chemical structures of sulfur

The Affiliated High School of South China Normal University

Modern Architecture: The Transformation of Windows in the Modern Era

California Institute of Technology (Caltech) (6)

Alief Early College High School

The Role of Hawking Radiation in Cosmic Inflation Models

The Hill School

An Overview of Major EDCs in the Chesapeake Bay Area: Assessing the Risk of Ospreys Due to the Contaminants

Northside College Preparatory High School

Analysis of XANES Data to Arrive at the Composition of an Unknown Sample

Jayshree Periwal International School

Colonization, Exploration, and Research Vehicle for Venus

Southridge School

Relationship between MRN protein complex and Ku protein dimer concentrations and the probability of DSB repair

Klein Oak High School

Gravitational Wave Detection

Carnegie Mellon University

Oaks Christian School

Can you do good while earning money? Evaluation of Goonj

Columbia University (7)

École Jeannine Manuel

The Dynamics of a Generic Star Formation Model

University Prep Charter High School

What type of carbon nanotube has the optimum photovoltaic performance to improve carbon capture technology

Hawken School

Experimenting with Unsupervised and Supervised Machine Learning Algorithms

Athens College

The European Union During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Middlesex School

Coca-Cola's History in China: Coke Advertisements and Cultural Recreation

Amity International School, Saket

Is Nordic Region an Optimal Currency Area?

Shanghai American School Puxi

The Allegorical Truths in Plato's View of the Soul

Cornell University (18)

Pope John Paul II High School

Scapegoats or Pawns: An Analysis on the Progress of Anti-Chinese Sentiments and the Adoption of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

Guangzhou Zhixin High School

Contradictions Make Waltz in B minor a Great Piece

Bishop O`Dowd High School

The Influence of Long-Term Sun Exposure on Soil

Shanghai Pinghe School

An Exploratory Study Of Chinese Adolescents' Views On Sex Education And Its Implication: Age, Culture, And Language Choice

Pine Crest School

Inequality of NCAA Decisions Concerning Waivers and Sanctions in Division I Football

Bellevue High School

Gender Discrimination toward Shoppers

Northside College Preparatory High School

An Analysis of the Role of Negative Emotions and Experiences in Stimulating Environmental Activism Within Society

Wuhan Britain China School of Wuhan Foreign Languages School

Youth Language in Chinese High Schools

Exeter Township Senior High School

Identifying The Extent of Ocular Genotypes Between Parkinson’s Disease Mutations Using Spatiotemporal Profiling

Hangzhou Foreign Languages School

Industrial upgrading in the international context: Chinese manufacturing under the US-China trade conflict

No. 2 High School Attached to East China Normal University

Contributing factors of plastic waste and the effectiveness of incentive and penalty policy in plastic recycling

Beijing National Day School

Using Networks to Simulate Hepatitis C Transmission and Treatment

Shenzhen College of International Education

Economics of Property Crime Rates in India: Empirical study based on states of India in 2011

Shenzhen Middle School

Design and Construction of Box Model Characterizing Heavy Metals Content in Pearl River Estuary, China

Beijing National Day School

The Effect of Gaokao on High-School Students in China

Harbin No.3 High School

A Sustainable Way to Improve Soil Quality for Harbin Local Corn Fields

Wuhan Britain China School of Wuhan Foreign Languages School

Study of the Psychological States of Wuhan People During the First Few Months of the COVID-19 Outbreak

The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China

Reimagining Mulan: Gender, Ethnicity, and Otherness

Dartmouth College (3)

Shanghai High School International Division

From Zero to Seventy Percent: Economic Development in Korea since 1960

Chadwick International School

The Cycle of Our Planet’s Plastic Plight: Examining the Feedback Loop Between Marine Plastic Pollution and the Fishing Industry

Westwood High School

The Relationship between the Anti-Inflammatory Strength of Butyrate and the Progression of Colorectal Cancer

Duke University (6)

Beijing National Day School

An introduction to basic graph discharging

Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School

The Cognitive Effects of the Sexual Objectification of Women Demonstrated with Change Blindness

The Loomis Chaffee School

Incorporating Pre-Game Rankings to Colley, Massey, and Elo Methods

Arnold O. Beckman High School

The role of TMIE in adaptation of mechanoelectrical transduction channels in mammalian hair cells

Indus International School Hyderabad

Investigating the Accuracy of the 2-element Windkessel Model in Predicting the Relationship Between Arterial Compliance, Peripheral Resistance and Arterial Pressure

Shanghai World Foreign Language Middle School

Analysis and Performance of Tonal Music; Analysis and Performance of Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 32, op. 111.

Emory University (7)

United World College Changshu

Suicide and Euthanasia: Buddhist Ethics and Principles

Nanjing International School

How does different materials (polymers and metals) display different heating behavior

Hangzhou Foreign Languages School

The Effect of Constraint Induced Movement Therapy

BASIS International School Shenzhen

Plato's Characterization of Socrates.

Shanghai World Foreign Language Academy

Game Theory in Strategic Oil Production: Russia-OPEC Rivalry in the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic

Shenzhen College of International Education

Whether or not the identity of “Huji” influences parents’ educational investments

Saddle River Day School

Are We Witnessing the Growth of the New Youtube in China? Evidence from Valuation of Bilibili Inc.

Georgetown University (3)

John P. Stevens High School

Understanding the 2018 Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Causes and Remedies

The Potomac School

Venezuelan Risk Report 2020

Cretin-Derham Hall

The Modified Glucose Molecules as Material for Molecular Scale Electronics

Harvard University (3)

Guangzhou Foreign Languages School

WeChat Usage Associated with Media Ideals, Social Comparison and the 'Circle of Objectification; among Chinese Female Adolescents in Urban South-East China

The Latin School of Chicago

Polarizer, Catalyst: Why You Should Care about Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

Illinois Mathematics and Science academy

Implementation of ULMFiT for Recognition of Eukaryotic Promoters

Johns Hopkins University (6)

African Leadership Academy

The Effects of Using EMG-BFB on the Post-Stroke Impairments Affecting the Arm

BASIS International School Shenzhen

Investigating the Cause of Decline in Taiwan’s Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) Population

Qingdao No.2 High School

Civil Disobedience in Plato and the Civil Rights Movement

Beijing National Day School

Investigation into the Visual Pathway Using Visual Crowding Experiments

High School Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University

The Roles of Extracellular Vesicles in Cancer and the Investigation of Exosomal PD-L1 in Immunotherapy of Colorectal Carcinoma

Beijing No. 4 High School


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (3)

St. Stephen`s and St. Agnes School

Diversity vs. Inclusion in STEM: Factors that Accurately Measure a Tech Company’s Commitment to Inclusion

Head-Royce School

The Neurological Mechanisms That Cause Us to Choke Under Pressure

Klein Oak High School

Gravitational Wave Detection: Event GW170814 and the performance of matched filtering and 􏰎􏰏-consistency testing in the presence of Gaussian noise, non-Gaussian distributed noise, and transient glitches

New York University (4)

United World College Mahindra College

An Olympic Face-Off: Examining Tensions between Olympic Principles and Political Neutrality

Shanghai High School International Division

Violent Video Games: Factors Underlying Violent Video Games and Their Popularity Among Chinese Teenagers

The Webb School

Design of Si02/Ti02/Hf02 band-pass filter with high transmittance at the visible band

Jiangsu Tianyi High School

The Changing Description of Women in Film Noir

New York University-Stern

Beijing No.80 High School

The Literature’s View on the Differences Between Entrepreneurial and Managerial Leadership

Northwestern University (9)

Northside College Preparatory High School

The Effect of a High-MAC Diet on microbial diversity and immune response to S.typhimurium infection

Mountain View High School

Evoking Emotion: How Social Media Contributes to Political Polarization

Coppell High School

The Role of the Chaebol versus the Entrepreneurial First-Generation in South Korea

Shanghai World Foreign Language Middle School

2020 Risk Report: Unstable Factors in the USA

Pine Crest School

Autonomous Vehicles and their Integration into Society

Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

Timber Skyscrapers: Recent Advances and a Study of Mj?st?rnet

The Experimental High School Attached to Beijing Normal University

The Secret Of Laughter: how James Thurber creates humor in his short stories

Rydal Penrhos School

What Made Singapore Successful in its Management of the 2003 SARS Epidemic: From a historical and Social Perspective

Beijing No.4 High School

The Neurocognitive Basis of Mind Wandering Interaction between Attention, Working Memory, and Consciousness

Princeton University

Norman High School

Medicine Organization and Alerting Machine

Rice University (7)

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley

Primality Testing Algorithms and Prime Number Generation in Cryptography

Hangzhou Foreign Languages School

Unimolecular Semiconductors: Comparison of Electrical Characteristics between Biphenyl-Dithiol Derivatives with Different Conjugate System Complication/Substituents and the Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistor

African Leadership Academy

Investigating the Effectiveness of Restorative Community-Based Justice Systems as a Method of Preventing Ethnic Violence

Nanjing Foreign Language School

COVID-19 and Plastic Waste: Facts and Advice on Plastic Waste Management

Nanjing Foreign Language School

Tactile channel basis of brief sensory memory

MacArthur High School

The Promise of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC) in the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

Qingdao No. 9 High School

Design and Development of Remote Self-Parking and Exiting Vehicle Model for Disabled Drivers

Stanford University (12)

William Howard Taft Charter High School

Georgia and Belarus: Analyzing Economic Growth in Post-Soviet States

Indian Springs School

The Effects of Class Culture on Education and Social Mobility in the United States

Shanghai World Foreign Language Academy

Rethinking Memes: Critique and Alternative to the Dawkinsian Meme Theory

Henry M. Gunn High School

How Erasmus’ Laughter Advances the Vision of Shared Humanity

St. George`s School

Canada’s proposed single-use plastic ban: Motivations for enactment and policy design suggestions

Franklin High School

Will the Movie Theater Industry be able to recover from COVID-19? A Comparison study between AMC, Cineworld, and Cinemark. Evidence from analyzing firm-level pre-crisis variables.

Nanjing Foreign Language School

Fantastic Reflections: Literary and Historical References in Calvino’s Baron in the Trees

Newport High School

An Examination of the Applications of Torricelli's Law

McLean High School

Female Warriors in Two Different National and Cultural Contexts: The Cases of Mulan and Joan of Arc

Milpitas High School

An Analysis of Sustaintable Transportation Solutions for Santa Clara county, California

UWC Maastricht

Collectivism in propaganda during China’s Cultural Revolution

Chongqing Nankai Secondary School

The Effects of Paraffin Particles on the Thermal Diffusivity of Portland Cement

Tufts University (2)

Nanjing Foreign Language School

How Does CCP’s Policy Aiming to Influence National Unity Influence Uyghur-Han Conflict?

UWC Pearson College

The Influence of Gaullism in the Evolution of France’s Intergovernmental Response to the Breakup of Yugoslavia

University of Chicago (20)

Nanwai King`s College School

Relationship Between Coping Strategies and Burnout of Long-Haul Truck Drivers

Dougherty Valley High School

Understanding the Racial Implications of a European Worldview

Shanghai Foreign Language School

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Government Responses to COVID-19 in Authoritarian vs. Democratic Countries

Northside College Preparatory High School

Analysis of XANES Data to Arrive at the Composition of an Unknown Sample

Chengdu Foreign Languages School

Hong Kong Protest: Western View as Almost Exclusively Political, Not the Case

Windermere High School

Investigating the Rise of the European Populist Radical Right

Letcher County Central High School

The Effects of Artificial Intelligence On the Workforce

Keystone Academy

Is Bilibili the Next YouTube of China? A Valuation of Bilibili Inc.

The Experimental High School Attached To Beijing Normal University

The Influence of Quantum Computing on the General Well-Being of People in Industrialized Nations

Beijing 101 High School

How Hong Xiuquan’s Modification and Localization of Christianity Helped to Gain Support for the Taiping Rebellion

The Experimental High School Attached to Beijing Normal University

Parrhesia and Epimeleia Heautou in Plato’s dialogues: An Expansion and Evaluation of Foucault’s Ideas.

Flintridge Preparatory School

Culture vs. Genetics: The Social Implications of Misleading Advertisements on Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Ancestry Testing

The Affiliated High School of Peking University

Tilings of Height 2n Rectangles with 1 x 1 Squares and n x n Squares

Beijing No.4 High School

The Neurocognitive Basis of Mind Wandering Interaction between Attention, Working Memory, and Consciousness

The Experimental High School Attached To Beijing Normal University

Tibetan Buddhism in Tibetan Art

Shanghai Weiyu High School

The Political Use of May Fourth in Contemporary China

Changzhou No.1 High School

The Sociological Role of Buddhism in Contemporary China

The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China

Next Generation Small Molecule Therapeutics for Treatment of Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria

The Experimental High School Attached To Beijing Normal University

Music, Culture, and Cultural Change on Taiwan’s Lan Yu Island

Hangzhou Foreign Languages School

A Study on Continued Fractions Involving the Fibonacci, Lucas Numbers and Related Identities of the Golden Ratio

University of Notre Dame

African Leadership Academy

Career Success of Quantitative Analysts: A Skill-set Analysis of Their Likelihood of Upward Mobility and Effective Leadership

University of Pennsylvania (15)

Bellarmine College Preparatory

How Search Engines Affect the Exchange of Quality Information Across the Internet

The Harker School

A Macroeconomic Analysis of Iceland through the Financial Crisis, Present Day, and Beyond

The Hill School

An Overview of Major EDCs in the Chesapeake Bay Area: Assessing the Risk of Ospreys Due to the Contaminants

Hong Kong International School

Evaluating Olivine and Limestone Ocean Acidification Mitigation Methods for the Mediterranean Sea

Lynbrook High School

Can Crocs’ Restructuring Initiatives Save the Company from Decline – Again? A Valuation of Crocs, Inc.

Academy of American Studies

Microfinance and Female Empowerment Assessment Through Entrepreneurial Business Ventures in Rural Nigeria

Harrow International School Hong Kong

The Evolution of Caliban: Representing Darwin in Beerbohm Tree’s Production of The Tempest

Taipei Fuhsing Private School

Calcium Reduces Aminoglycoside Entry Into Hair Cells Through Slow Mechanotransduction Adaptation

Pine Crest School

Social Media Influence on the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Pine Crest School

Us vs. Them: An Analysis of the Causes of Partisan Polarization

Johnson College Prep

Pascal's Triangle and Fibonacci Numbers

Navkar Public School

A Study in the Growth of Nations: India and Germany Identifying Divergence in these Converging Countries through the Solow Growth Model

Monte Vista High School

Exit, Voice, and Violence: Contemporary Responses of Non-Hindu Groups to the BJP's Hindu Nationalism

African Leadership Academy

The influence of shape, size and material on the optical properties of blue light emitting quantum dots

Maggie L. Walker Governor`s School

Dynamics in the Modern American Anti-Abortion Movement

Vanderbilt University (4)

NSU University School

Sensory Deficits and Alzheimer’s Disease: A Diagnostic Tool for Early Detection

Tenafly High School

BIPOC Lives Matter: Environmental Justice and African-Native American Communities on Social Struggles and Resilience

The Experimental High School Attached To Beijing Normal University

Alumni Network: a Crucial Part in University Entrepreneurship Programs

Shandong Experimental High School

Lithium Ion Batteries: Testing Different Anode Materials’ Discharging Performances by Establishing a Physics Simulation Model

Washington University in St. Louis (9)

Monta Vista High School

Permaculture-Based Design to Improve Water Quality

The Experimental High School Attached To Beijing Normal University

The Sharing Bike Recognition Object Detection Algorithms Research

Wuhan Britain China School of Wuhan Foreign Languages School

A Study of Empress Theodora as Patroness of Art & Architecture in Byzantium

Wuhan Britain China School of Wuhan Foreign Languages School

Effect of Heated Acupuncture on the Proliferation of Neural Cells in Substantia Nigra

Nanjing Jinling High School

The Bilateral Relationship Between Sleep and Brain Aging: Role of Oxidative Stress, Ion Homeostasis, and Other Factors

Servite High School

The Therapeutic Effect of Listening to Music: Can Music Induce Physiological and Hormonal Changes?

Saint Anthony`s High School

The Efficacy of Remdesivir for SARS-CoV-2 Treatment

Nanjing Foreign Language School

A Study of Rumination and Leadership – Targeting Women

The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China

Endorphins and Pain: The effects of endorphins on postoperative cardiovascular pain and analgesia.

Yale University (14)

Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts

Application of EEG signal analysis and machine learning in seizure prediction.

Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School

“¿Que Dijo?” Adolescent Feelings Towards Language Brokering and its Effects on Family Conflict: The Moderating Role of Ethnic Identity

L.C. Anderson High School

Pinpointing the Dynamic Lives of the Hypodermic Needle: Observations on an Object Situated in Urban America

Coral Reef High School

"Praise of Folly” and Imagination

Madison West High School

The Relativity of Reality and Power of Systems of Value in Don Quixote

The Experimental High School Attached to Beijing Normal University

Constructing Islamic Identity in a Context of Diversity: A Comparative Study of the Ashab Mosque and Hagia Sophia

Loyola High School

A Comparative Analysis of Bead Sort using Rust and Orca

Harrow School UK

Kevin Project

Flintridge Preparatory School

The Power of Civil Society in Promoting Peace: An Overview of Basque and Catalan Organizations in Spain

Flintridge Preparatory School

Type of Synaptic Dysfunction and Severity of Autism: A Potential Correlation

The Experimental High School Attached to Beijing Normal University

Hackenbush in Python

School for Advanced Studies - Wolfson

Predicting Marital Satisfaction in Mail-Order Relationships: Congruence of Benevolent Sexism Between Partners and the Moderating Role of Women’s Femininity

Greenhill School

Gender Quotas and Single-Member Districts: Incompatibility at the Superficial Level

Saint Paul Central High School

The Viability of “Tower in the Park” in Public Housing for Densely Populated Cities

2021 Liberal Arts College Results


Students' High School

Pioneer Research Topic

Barnard College 

The International School Bangalore

A comparative analysis of the neuroinflammatory effects of SARS CoV- 1 and SARS CoV- 2 on causing encephalitis

Bowdoin College

African Leadership Academy

A Review of the Effects of Game-Based Learning Designed for Mastery of Mathematics Achievement for Elementary Students

Bryn Mawr College

Benjamin N. Cardozo High School

Bone of Bones is She: The Painful Humanity of Porcia (Portia) Cantonis

Colgate University

African Leadership Academy

The Biosynthetic Development of Cow's Milk Allegrgens Casein (ΑS1-CN) and Β-lactoglobulin Genetic Based Detector

Colorado College (2 ED and 1 EA)

Ningbo Xiaoshi High School

Plato on Women's Equality

Shenzhen Foreign Languages School

Combating Domestic Violence in Chinese American Communities

Hangzhou Foreign Languages School

Understand it While Ignoring it:
How Meaning affects Inattentional Blindness?

Hamilton College

Beijing National Day School

Application Reaction of Males and Females Receiving Different Levels of Income to Gendered Wording on Job Advertisements

Harvey Mudd College

Nanjing Foreign Language School

Chatbot for the Future: A Practical Ethics Guide

Haverford College

The Affiliated High School of South China Normal University

Civil Disobedience to Violent Protest: Locke, Mill, and the Case of Hong Kong

Macalester College (3)

San Domenico School

Craving for Attention: Schizophrenic Patients’ and their Families’ Views on Neuroimaging Technologies in the United States from 2000 – 2020

Bugil Academy

Comparison of Drowning People Detection Systems for Water

Hangzhou Foreign Languages School

Understand it While Ignoring it:
How Meaning affects Inattentional Blindness?

Middlebury College

Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

The Kiki Bouba Effect: Implicit Sound Symbolism Between Separate Language Families

Pomona College (3)


Comparative Cultural Studies on Contemporary Environmental Concerns Among Young People in Ecuador and Germany

Robert College

Searching for Additional Mass Around Sagitarius A*

Yk Pao School

’A Town of Lucid Lunatics’: Grotesque Imagination and Fantasy Laughter in One Hundred Years of Solitude

Smith College

African Leadership Academy

Zaha Hadid: Architecting with Context

Swarthmore College (2)

Flint Hill School

Star-Critical Ramsey Numbers for Multiple Copies of Complete Graphs

The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China

The use of mirror therapy for treatment of phantom limb pain and partial paralysis and brain plasticity

Williams College (3)

Golden Valley High School

The contribution of Julian Huxley’s ideas in religious naturalism to modern-day transhumanism: How Christianity is affected by futurism.

Nanjing Foreign Language School

The Theodora Panel at the San Vitale Church

University School of Nashville

Nietzsche’s Agon with Plato: Truth, Morality, and Modernity

2021 Other US University Results

Other US Universities: Early Action

Appalachian State University

Arizona State University (6)

Babson College (2)

Bard College

Birmingham University

Butler University

Case Western Reserve University (14)

Central Michigan University

Chapman University

Clark University

Coe College

College of Wooster

Colorado School of Mines

Creighton University

Drexel University (8)

Duquesne University

Durham University (9)

Elon University

Emerson College

Fordham University (5)

Geneva College

George Mason University

Georgetown College

Georgia Institute of Technology

Hofstra University

Howard University (2)

Indiana University (4)

Knox College

Lake Forest College

Lewis & Clark College

Loyola University (2)

Manchester University (3)

Mercer University

Michigan State University (3)

New Jersey Institute of Technology

North Carolina A&T State University

Northeastern University (3)

Ohio State University (2)

Oklahoma State University

Oregon State University

Pace University

Pennsylvania State University - University Park (6)

Portland State University

Reed College (4)

Rhode Island School of Design

Rider University

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (6)

Rutgers University - New Brunswick (9)

Santa Clara University (9)

Spelman College

SUNY Buffalo

SUNY Stony Brook

Temple University (2)

Texas A&M University

Tulane University (4)

United States Naval Academy

University of Alabama

University of Arizona

University of Central Florida

University of Colorado

University of Delaware

University of Denver

University of Georgia (2)

University of Illinois (3)

University of Kentucky

University of Louisville

University of Massachusetts (7)

University of Memphis

University of Minnesota (5)

University of Mississippi

University of Nevada

University of Oklahoma

University of Pittsburgh (2)

University of Puget Sound (2)

University of San Francisco

University of South Carolina

University of Tennessee

University of Texas (2)

University of Texas - Austin (5)

University of Virginia (2)

University of Waterloo

University of Wisconsin - Madison (11)

University of Wyoming

Washington State University

Wayne State University (2)

Western Kentucky University

Westminster College

Willamette University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2)

2021 Non-US Universities Results

Non-US Universities

Bocconi University

Eindhoven University of Technology

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) (2)

Imperial College London (14)

King's College London (25)

KU Leuven

Maastricht University

New York University - Abu Dhabi

Queen's University

University College London (38)

University of Alberta

University of Amsterdam (2)

University of Auckland

University of Bath

University of Bristol (3)

University of Cambridge (2)

University of Edinburgh (26)

University of Groningen

University of Hong Kong (HKU)

University of Leeds

University of Manchester (11)

University of Nottingham

University of Oxford (12)

University of Southampton

University of St Andrews (10)

University of Sydney (3)

University of Toronto (26)

University of Warwick (12)

University of Western Ontario

York University

2018 University Acceptance Statistics

Average SAT Statistics: Evidence-Based Reading=733, Mathematics =784
Average ACT Statistics: 35
Average TOEFL Score (International Students): 113
Average IELTS Score: 8

2018 Pioneer Alum that got accepted to universities with highly selective admission rates

Admission results should not be construed as a direct outcome of any one program.  Colleges and universities use a holistic application process to evaluate all aspects of an applicant, and while experience in a particular program may distinguish a student, no single credential will determine admission results.

2017 University Acceptance Statistics

Average SAT Statistics: Evidence-Based Reading=725, Mathematics = 786
Average ACT Statistics: 34 
Average TOEFL Score (International Students): 112
Average IELTS Score: 8

2017 Pioneer Alum that got accepted to universities with highly selective admission rates

Admission results should not be construed as a direct outcome of any one program.  Colleges and universities use a holistic application process to evaluate all aspects of an applicant, and while experience in a particular program may distinguish a student, no single credential will determine admission results.

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