Pioneer: Recommended by Duke TIP and leading gifted programs 07 JUN Gifted students rely on opportunities outside the classroom to meet their need for intellectual challenge. The Pioneer Research Program, known for its high standards in academics, its concrete research system, and its thorough identification of giftedness, is consistently recommended for gifted youths by Duke...
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Research process
Confused about the difference between a research concentration, research area, or research paper topic? We’re here to help! At Pioneer, the research journey moves from research area to research concentration, and finally to research paper topic. Writing an undergraduate-level research paper as a high school student is a challenge, and everything about the Pioneer Research...
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Spotlight Tobi
“I tend to like things that are a bit hard and challenging, so I like math a lot.” Pioneer scholar Tobi, from Abuja, Nigeria, is both an artist and a mathematician. She enjoys tie dying, although she says she’s not a very good artist. She is obviously a brilliant mathematician, since her Pioneer Research Program...
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Academic Integrity
Research is a valuable experience for students because it puts them in a larger academic community of scholars all over the world. Fostering such a sense of academic community not only gets students excited about research––it can produce intrinsic motivation for academic integrity. Guidelines about plagiarism and citations transform from classroom rules to values that...
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It’s no secret that the Pioneer Academics research program is challenging. Every year, it accepts highly motivated and passionate high school students to meet the challenges of the program and do authentic research with the support of a qualified faculty mentor and Pioneer’s academic system. At first, the rigor and pace of the program can...
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Authentic assessment
In recent years, there has been significant debate over the role that exams should play in education. While some believe that test scores provide a useful metric to compare students from different backgrounds, critics have pointed out issues with an overreliance on exams, from the ineffectiveness of standardized tests at measuring student performance ① to...
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Hannah updates
“My love of learning came from my love of books and love of words, which I think is a great foundation in general. The more I read and the more I learned, the more I wanted to learn more.” Pioneer scholar Hannah, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has always loved school and loved learning. Reading, history, and...
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Isa (chemistry, 2020), a Pioneer scholar from the United States, traces her interest in chemistry to the memory of her grandfather putting toothpaste on her mosquito bites to stop the itch. When she later learned in school that this home remedy works because of a chemical reaction–the basic toothpaste neutralizing acidic mosquito saliva–she knew she...
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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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STEM research
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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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