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The Pioneer Record Holder: The Youngest Student Ever Admitted to the Research Program

The newest edition of the Pioneer Magazine is online. Check out the news of the research community and the story of the featured Pioneer Scholar. 

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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 4,192 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

Analysis of Testing Accuracy Threshold for COVID-19 through an SIR Computational Model

Computer Science

About the Scholar: Nabo Yu attended The Webb Schools in Claremont, California, in the United States.

The Research:

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the accuracy of tests was so variable that some countries chose not to use tests at all, but instead isolate symptomatic individuals. Pioneer scholar Nabo thought computer simulations could shed light on the effects of testing accuracy on the spread of the disease. His SIR model computational calculations confirm that higher testing accuracy can result in reduced disease spread, and show that even lower accuracy testing is useful in slowing the transmission rate. According to Nabo, the model “has possibly offered a basic method of determining acceptable levels of testing accuracy based on the level of social isolation.”

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The Market Efficiency of “Smart Money” During the Tech Bubble

Economics

About the Scholar: Kevin Li grew up in the United States and attended Naperville North High School in Naperville, Illinois

The Research:

The “efficient market theory” hypothesizes that professional investors at major financial institutions are less prone to make trades influenced by emotion than individual “noise traders” and retail investors. Kevin observes that the collapse of the tech bubble showed that this theory “became null and void during the bubble.” His paper identifies two major factors that hampered professionals from doing their job: the consistent overvaluation of potential earnings, failing to value stocks fairly; and the failure to rein in the volatility of trading. The conclusion is that market professionals acted from emotion, despite guidelines meant to prevent such behavior.

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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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Can a Computer Be an Author? Human Workers and Machine Poets

Science, Technology & Society

About the Scholar: Pioneer Scholar Yuwei is from Beijing, China, where she attended The High School Affiliated to Renmin University

The Research:

“Composing machines” use algorithms and neural network structures to generate new combinations of words – and in some cases, poetry. Can machines be poets, Yuwei asks, or do they only imitate and rearrange human poetry? Yuwei’s paper re-examines our ideas about authorship, suggesting that human authors, too, merely imitate rather than create new ideas. Although Yuwei challenges the idea that humans are the only creative species, she maintains that only humans experience epiphany, a spontaneous and creative force that gives us an edge over machines.Yuwei warns that the ‘life’ we create through technology isn’t necessarily equal to our own.

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Film Noir, Urban Space, and Human Agency: Three Case Studies

Film Studies

About the Scholar: Pioneer Scholar Qianyi is from Beijing, China, where she attended Beijing No. 4 High School International Campus

The Research:

Most of us have seen at least one movie that falls under the category of “film noir” – dark, gritty crime dramas featuring bitter detectives, femmes fatales, and urban underworlds. In order to chart the development of film noir, Qianyi’s paper examines themes of fatalism and pessimism in three noir films: Double Idemnity, Taxi Driver, and Chungking Express. Her paper finds that by the 1980s and ‘90s, noir films started to replace themes of fatalism and pessimism with powerful characters with positive messages to share. This developmental arc helps viewers appreciate this genre’s capacity for growth and innovation.

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A Public Benefit Corporation

Pioneer & Oberlin Academic Collaboration

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

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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 register.
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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.