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While Pioneer is an excellent way to kick off a career in academic research, conducting research in Pioneer’s rigorous system is not just for students considering a career in research or academia. Pioneer scholars come to the program with diverse academic and career goals, but all are driven by a desire to push themselves to...
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Pioneer Scholar spotlight Kynnedy
“I ended up falling in love with computer science because it’s a way for me to create the tangible from the intangible and use that to actually help people as well.” Pioneer scholar Kynnedy, from Cleveland, Ohio, has seen problems as opportunities begging for creative solutions since she was a child. She called herself “The...
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Submit paper
Maged (art history, 2020), a Pioneer scholar from Egypt currently attending Connecticut College, had always focused on the sciences at school and assumed he would pursue a STEM field in college. When applying to Pioneer, however, he was intrigued by the number of research areas he had never even heard of. Ultimately, he chose art...
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International cohort
Pioneer’s academic placement process assigns Pioneer scholars to cohorts with a specialized research concentration. These cohorts are very small––no more than six students and a faculty mentor––yet they are truly international, welcoming students from all over the globe. In these cohorts, Pioneer scholars have the chance to interact with peers with diverse backgrounds and perspectives,...
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Catherine Website
“Whenever I paint, I think about colors and wonder about how we see color and how it’s perceived, and that has a lot to do with the brain and the sense of sight.” Pioneer scholar Catherine’s first love, art, led her to her Pioneer Research Program in her current field of interest, neuroscience. Catherine, from...
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Reapplication
Andrew (neuroscience, 2020), a Pioneer scholar from Canada, was devastated when his first application to the program was rejected. But a year later, he reapplied and was accepted. Joining Pioneer at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, he decided to write his research paper on the neuroanatomy of grief. “When I look back, it’s kind...
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Passion
Anyone can observe that genuine interest makes learning more stimulating, and there are neurological studies to attest to the fact  that people are better at learning and remembering information they are curious about.① Pioneer Academics differs from most high school academic programs because it not only allows but requires young scholars to craft their own research...
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Andrew website
“I think research is crucial because of the potential that every single person on this planet has to offer to contribute to the knowledge that is in this world.” Pioneer scholar Andrew, from Los Angeles, California, wanted to be a better filmmaker, so he applied to research areas in the humanities for his Pioneer Research...
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Clarify academic interests
The breadth of majors at most universities far exceeds the subjects taught in high schools. This can make it difficult for students to choose a major at the beginning of their undergraduate career, since they may have never had the chance to get immersed with the subjects they think they wish to pursue. Pioneer Academics...
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Johnelle scholar spotlight
“Whenever I look at something and I have an idea that might seem far fetched, I don’t completely knock it off. I’ve realized that I’m an individual, I’m entitled to have my own passions, and I’ll use them as inspiration.” When Pioneer scholar Johnelle, from New York City, was in the third grade, she used...
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