Mastering the research and writing processes: 2020 Pioneer Scholars experience a revamped and carefully reconsidered curriculum

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Mastering the research and writing processes: 2020 Pioneer Scholars experience a revamped and carefully reconsidered curriculum

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A critical part of Pioneer’s academic development is the design and enactment of a curriculum focused on preparing students for the research and writing process. This curriculum, part of a dedicated effort to identify students’ academic needs and construct effective solutions around them, provides an essential structure and framework that allows high school students to conduct advanced, independent academic research at the undergraduate level. Pioneer has always offered a research training program to address this need, and this year has accomplished a new milestone in upgrading the research methodology curriculum and the way it helps our diverse scholars achieve their goals. 

The newly re-designed research training program, now called “Research Seminar” uses a mixed format approach to help students develop the variety of skills they need in order to write an excellent original research paper. Students attend live sessions run by a member of the Pioneer Academics team specialized in facilitating the research seminar sessions. These live sessions focus on higher order critical and analytical reasoning skills and give students the opportunity to connect with their peers across research fields. They also provide an overview of the main topics students need to successfully manage the research and writing processes. Before and after the live sessions, students have access to a variety of multimedia materials that provide foundational knowledge as well as extension and examples of each key skill, allowing each student to learn at their own pace, including reference handbooks and worksheets. Together, these resources provide students a strong platform for succeeding in the Pioneer Research Program.

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