Pioneer Scholars

Thank you for reaching out to Pioneer Academics!

We are thrilled that you want to learn more about the Pioneer Research Program- the only accredited research program for high school students. Your feedback and questions are important to us! Please allow 48 hours for a response.

In the meantime, here are a few things you can do to start your journey with Pioneer:

  1.  Get Signed Up! Our information sessions are held several times a week during the admissions season and are the best way to learn if the program is right for you. Sign up for an info session today as space is limited! 

  2.  Get Connected! Check out our student-run Instagram page at @scholarsofpioneer to learn more about what current scholars are working on.

  3.  Get Motivated! Get your brain in gear by reading a paper or two from the Pioneer Research Journal!

  4.  Get Prepared! Learn more about proper research methodology with this blog post from Pioneer.

2020 Pioneer Alumni created this video to welcome future scholars to the program.

Want to explore the Pioneer Research Program even further? Check out Pioneer’s website for videos, alumni testimonials and more!

The Pioneer 2022 summer application is closed. We appreciate each applicant's interest and effort! If you have any questions, just contact us. We'll be there for you.
  • 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.