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Seasoned expert on gifted education leads Pioneer's new function — Academic Research and Development

We are excited to announce a new function — Academic Research and Development. Brian Cooper will lead this department to further drive Pioneer’s academic innovation.

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2020 Pioneer alumni create a video to welcome 2021 scholars to the Pioneer community

23 Pioneer alumni, from 14 countries across six continents, came together on their own to create a film that shares the Pioneer spirit with the incoming 2021 Pioneer scholars.

2020 Pioneer alumni Catherine Kwon, from the US, and Reymajan Jumaniyazova, from Turkmenistan, initiated the project. They wanted to capture the vibrant, global, passionate atmosphere of the Pioneer community and welcome the next year of scholars to the program. Watch the video to see their creation.

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Pioneer & Oberlin: Holistic and groundbreaking collaboration

Pioneer Academics is committed to the highest standards in academic advancement. It earned institutional backing for its academic system and standards which led to its collaboration with Oberlin College & Conservatory. This groundbreaking collaboration created an unprecedented online education model which has enabled outstanding high school students to conduct accredited research following concrete, holistic standards.

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Accepting Applications for the 2022 Spring-through-Summer Term

Apply to join the Pioneer community of 4,180 alumni from 71 countries. We invite you to learn more about the program.

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2020 Pioneer Alumni College Acceptance Update

The Pioneer Scholars college and university admissions statistics are updated. We are so proud of all our scholars and are looking forward to supporting them as alumni wherever they go!

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Pioneer Featured Research

AI-generated art selected for the cover of esteemed mathematics magazine

Cover art by Zora Zhang, Henry M Gunn High School.

© The Mathematical Association of America, 2019. All rights reserved.
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Pioneer Scholar Zora Zhang conducted her research on the Annealing Algorithm, a procedure for optimizing mathematical solutions. The artwork was generated by programming the approximation simulation as part of Pioneer’s interdisciplinary study, incorporating both math and computer science.

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Social Media and Its Effects on the Foreign Language Curriculum for Undergraduate University Students

Education

About the Scholar: Justine Kum grew up in South Korea and attended Dulwich College Seoul in Seoul, South Korea.

The Research:

With nearly 60% of the world now connected by the internet, social media is becoming “more dominant and essential in modern life.” Pioneer scholar Justine wondered how social media might be used to promote cultural competence and language skills among university students. Her paper explores the social media models available for language study, the drawbacks of social media’s “shorthand” language, and the effectiveness of social media in teaching language skills and cultural diversity. Justine’s conclusion is that social media learning is most useful for students who already have some grasp of the language and are ready for deeper cultural understanding.

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Pioneer's Respected System

Pioneer is well respected because of its robust and rigorous academic system, which enables the collaboration with Oberlin College in academic procedure development and oversight.
 
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Examination of Antisocial Personality Disorder: Determining Gender Bias on MMPI Psychopathic Deviate and Evaluating Substance Abuse Relapse Rates

Neuroscience

About the Scholar: Pioneer Scholar Raaka is from Scotch Plains, New Jersey, where she attended the Academy for Allied Health Sciences

The Research:

Of patients diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder, 75% are men and only 25% are women. Raaka’s paper hypothesizes that this is not because the disorder is rarer in women, but because many women with mild cases of ASPD go undiagnosed. Raaka determines that if further research shows that women are being underdiagnosed, a new diagnostic tool is needed for female patients. Raaka also points to increased rates of substance abuse among ASPD patients, arguing that programs that address substance abuse by ASPD-diagnosed individuals must be put in place in order to examine rates of relapse among these patients.

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Ethical Considerations of State Responsibility toward Refugees: Analyzing China’s Refugee Capacity from a Socio-Economic Perspective

International Relations

About the Scholar: Xiangyu Zheng grew up in China and attended the International Department of the Affiliated High School of South China Normal University in Guangzhou, China.

The Research:

More than five million Syrian refugees have fled the country since 2011. Lebanon, with a pre-conflict population of four million people, hosts one million refugees, and China, with the world’s second-largest economy and a population of 1.3 billion, has accepted fewer than 30. To analyze whether China has a responsibility to do more, Xiangyu analyzes the issue from the perspective of the UN Refugee Convention and three theoretical positions: cosmopolitanism, utilitarianism, and communitarianism. Based on his own “pragmatic cosmopolitanism,” he concludes that China could realistically offer strong support and a high quality of life to two million Syrian refugees.

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A Public Benefit Corporation

Pioneer & Oberlin Academic Collaboration

Oberlin College introduces the collaboration philosophy and scope on its website.

More on Oberlin’s site

Congratulations to all admitted Pioneer scholars in Summer 2021! We received 3016 applications from 64 countries for 703 research positions for this summer. We appreciate the interests and efforts of all the applicants.
Info sessions for 2022 are open. Click here to get a spot.
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  • 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 info@pioneeracademics.com or calling 855-572-8863.

Best,

Matthew Jaskol

Founder & Program Director