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Announcing the 2021 Pioneer Research Journals Nominees

Pioneer Academics is proud to announce that 118 papers authored by scholars from the 2021 program have been nominated for publication in The Pioneer Research Journal, an annual publication showcasing the most outstanding undergraduate-level research and writing generated by the high school students from 48 countries and regions who participated in this year’s program.

Announcing the 2021 Pioneer Research Journals Nominees

Applications for the 2022 Spring-through-Summer Term are closed. Apply to Pioneer Summer Term.

Interested in exploring summer research opportunities at the highest academic standards? You can join the community of Pioneer’s prospective scholars from 86 countries who share similar interests!

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Seasoned expert on gifted education lead’s Pioneer’s new department - Academic Research and Development

Pioneer is pleased to welcome Brian Cooper to lead our new department- Academic Research and Development. Brian will lead this department to further drive Pioneer’s academic innovation.

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Pioneer Alumni Share a Strategic Approach to Successful Reapplication

Resubmitting an application to Pioneer has become very common as admission to Pioneer has grown increasingly competitive. Read what the alumni who successfully reapplied to Pioneer shared for their insights and tips.

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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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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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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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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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Structures for Women’s Empowerment: A Metaethical Analysis of Institutional Sexism in Modern History

Philosophy

About the Scholar: Pioneer Scholar Lobna, originally from Africa and currently a student at Dartmouth College.

The Research:
Comparing philosophy as the head and religion as the heart, Lobna argues that modern philosophers, often liberal in their approach toward other topics, espouse a clear delineation between the sexes in a supposedly rational manner, and then religious leaders enact these beliefs, ensuring that successive generations continue to follows these same patterns. With men claiming their legitimate place as both the mind and heart, Lobna argues, women are left to tend to the body, and therefore shut out of the mind and heart of society. ⁣

Lobna concludes by offering a path forward: “In order for us to be nurtured and supported by the women in our lives, we as people who take seriously both our faith and reason – will instead enable women to reclaim their role in society by allowing them access to opportunities for personal and socio-economic empowerment.” ⁣

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Identification of Reliable Predictor of Primary Spontaneous Pneumothorax Recurrence Risk

Biology

About the Scholar: Ruibing Xu grew up in China and attended Shenzhen Foreign Languages School in Shenzhen, China.

The Research:

Primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP), the accumulation of gas in the pleural cavity without underlying lung disease, is a common problem. Women and people who are taller and thinner have the highest risk of recurrence. Ruibing’s paper proposes an experiment to determine whether the under expression of certain hormones and/or growth-related proteins might lead to both increased height and decreased weight, and the higher risk for recurrence of PCP.  Her results could lead to the development of more precise and effective treatments, both improving the quality of life for many people and reducing health care costs.

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Divided by Discrimination: An Analysis of Stereotyping and Differential Behavior during a Shopping Expedition

Anthropology

About the Scholar: Pioneer Scholar Gabrielle is from Oakland, California, where she attended The College Preparatory School.

The Research:

Gabrielle completed a field study examining the treatment of Black and white teenagers at a department store in a predominantly white neighborhood of California. Observing eye contact, body distance, posture, and tone, Gabrielle analyzed the nonverbal messages that were sent to Black and white teenagers in the store. While the white teenagers were welcomed genially into the store, the Black teenagers were often ignored and, in some cases, even treated with hostility. Gabrielle’s study is a reminder of the racial discrimination that persists in America, and of the negative narratives about young Black people that still require dismantling.

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Pioneer & Oberlin Academic Collaboration

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

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The Pioneer 2022 spring-through-summer application period is closed. We appreciate each applicant's interest and effort and wish all applicants the best of luck.
The Pioneer 2022 summer-only application period is open. Click here to register for an info session. Click here to apply.
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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.