College: Yale University High School: Choate Rosemary Hall, United States Pioneer Research Paper: Comparative Inquiry Into Western Liberal Democratic Values “Doing the research would train me to have an objective perspective on what’s going on, and not base my opinion just on sound bytes that I hear from other sources. Pioneer doesn’t just give me questions to answer. Instead, Pioneer teaches me how to make my own questions.”
Pioneer is the world’s only fully-accredited online research program for high school students
Pioneer is the world’s only fully-accredited online research program for high school students.
Pioneer is the only online undergraduate level research program for high school students offering 30 different research disciplines across STEM, the social sciences, and the humanities.
Pioneer's credibility is trusted and recognized by the most selective universities and colleges.
Rigorous Academic System
Pioneer and Oberlin College collaborate in the following areas to ensure the rigor of the academic operations.
Academic quality control
Pioneer collaborates with an Oberlin committee to conduct academic quality control. Pioneer insists on rigorous policies and procedures that include:
Accurate description of professorship
Development and evaluation of standards and rubrics
Review of research product and evaluation quality
Pioneer Offers A Full Spectrum of Research Areas
Anthropology Architecture Art History Astronomy Biology Business Chemistry Comp. Sci. Criminology Culture Studies Ecology Economics Education Engineering Envir. Studies Film Studies
Gender Studies History Int’l Relations Literature Mathematics Media Studies Music/Music Theory Neuroscience Philosophy Physics Political Science Psychology STS (Science, Technology and Society) Sociology
A few examples of past Pioneer research topics
The Socioemotional Brain and Decision Making (Neurosci.)
Cells and Intracellular Machines (Biology)
Environmental Neurotoxicology (Bio-chemistry)
Gravitational Waves and LIGO (Physics)
Combinatorics and Graph Theory (Mathematics)
European Integration in Comparative Perspective (International Relations)
African American Literature (Literature)
The Political Economy of International Development (Econ.)
Film Noir and its Contexts (Film Studies)
Great Scientific Controversies in Context (Science, Technology & Society)
Pioneer's Rigorous Academic Operations in collaboration with Oberlin College
Pioneer Sets The Highest Integrity Code
Pioneer focuses on student interest, not on college brand names
One of Pioneer’s strict policies is that faculty list shall NOT be disclosed to applicants to ensure genuine interest-focused motivation.
Pioneer’s admissions and academics departments study the applications carefully to ensure the concentration placement is in line with applicants’ expressed interests.
After students receive a conditional admission offer, selected applicants will receive information about the concentration and the mentoring faculty to make the final decision before Pioneer admissions concludes the full admission procedure.
Pioneer has insisted on our No conflict of interests principle since day one
Academics only: No involvement in consulting or test prep is allowed
Admission & Academic independence: Admissions and academic departments and decisions are independent. (Outreach team and admissions are completely separated)
Independent grading: Pioneer academics department executes the oversight only. Pioneer does not allow any form of advocate of students’ grades.
Because of its unique academic system, exemplary standards, and proven integrity, Pioneer’s credibility is respected by selective universities and colleges.
Schools Are Proud of Their Students Taking on the Pioneer Challenge
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.
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.