Project Based Learning with Top U.S Professors

Recommendation Letters

Students will be given recommendation letters for exceptional work from students. By working in a small class (<8 students), students in Pano’s MasterClasses are able to experience a closer connection with the professor than most college students, leading to better and more meaningful recommendation letters.

Completed Extended Essay

Students will complete a research paper under the close guidance of the professor. By doing so, students are able to challenge themselves to new academic heights while also opening up possibilities for publication. Moreover, students can use this paper to work towards their IB EE requirement.

Better College Admissions

Students can generate better admissions results through building a stronger resume. Colleges can see that students are not only engaging in their academic interest, but thriving at a college level. Students who go through Pano’s Masterclasses can increase their appeal to admissions offices around the world.

Reasons to Choose PANO’s MasterClasses

Deep Learning in an Academic Area

By focusing on one theme for the entirety of the program, students are able to deeply explore the depth of their choice in academics. Through doing so, you can better understand the field and better appreciate its intricacies.

A Better College Application Narrative

Through completing this project based learning program, students are able to craft a better narrative for college applications. It shows demonstrated passion for the subject and proof of your academic ability.

Recommendation Letter from a Top 50 U.S University Professor

Working in small groups, students are able to build a strong relationship with their professor. As a result, good work will be easily noticed and will be rewarded with a recommendation letter to be used for college applications and other summer programs.


Our professors bring their expertise, knowledge, and experiences to the classroom guidance of students. Through their close student-teacher relationship, professors are able to offer recommendations and advice to all students.

Diverse Learning Outcomes

Because of the diverse classes offered, students are able to explore a variety of fields that can often be difficult to find guidance for. Furthermore, the project and research paper acts as stepping stone, giving students more opportunities in the future to express their ability.

Completed Extended Essay

The Extended Essay for the IB program can be a big headache for many students. By attending our masterclasses, students are able to work directly with expert professors to craft a personalized essay that can be used for their IB requirements.

Meet the Professors

Our professors hail from top U.S programs and they’re here to give you the experience of studying at a top 50 University

Paul Tiffany

UC Berkeley
  • Senior lecturer at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley 
  • Twenty-five years offering courses in Business Policy & Strategy and International Management  
  • Highly experienced business consultant  
  • Has authored several books:
    The Decline of American Steel and Business Plans for Dummies
    The Decline of American Steel: How Management, Labor, and Government Went Wrong
    Business Plans For Dummies
  • Award: Cheit Award as the outstanding professor in the Berkeley Executive MBA program, Anvil Award as Wharton’s top professor & Lindback Award as the outstanding professor at the University of Pennsylvania 
  • ​Localization of multinational companies
  • In depth, business analysis of the world’s most talked about company
  • ​Branding, Market Analysis, Expansion Strategy, and more

Josh Tonies

UC San Diego
  • Visual Arts Professor at UC San Diego
  • Works with drawing and the moving image
  • His works center around temporary ecological studies that take form as animation, drawing, works on paper and book arts
  • Exhibited his work at multiple museums
  • Explore cultural, ecological and social histories through recording/collecting and studying interviews
  • Utilize novel forms of 3D modeling and rendering of historical subjects
  • Presentation of work through Virtual Reality headsets

Gerald Penn

University of Toronto
  • Prof. Gerald Penn is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto.
  • He received his S.B. from the University of Chicago and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Prof. Penn specializes in mathematical linguistics and speech processing.
  • He teaches theoretical computer science, computational linguistics, and the theory of programming languages at University of Toronto.
  • He is the past chair of Association for Mathematics of Language.
  • Prof. Penn’s research interests include Natural Language Processing, Mathematical Linguistics, Acoustic Modelling, Spoken Language Processing, Logic Programming, Finite State Methods, Linguistic Information Visualization, and Parsing in Freer-Word-Order Languages.
  • He was a Member of Technical Staff in the Multimedia Communications Research Laboratory at Bell Labs.
  • He is a senior member of AAAI, and a member of ACL and ISCA.
  • Algorithms, programming, computer science, big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science
  • Societal impact of AI
  • Close learning of Python

Arri Eisen

Emory University
  • Science & Society, Pedagogy in Biology, and Liberal Art Professor at Emory University
  • Does research in science, science education, bioethics, and science and religion
  • Teaches biology, teaching, bioethics, research ethics, and interdisciplinary workshops and courses on such topics as addiction, cancer, mind and body, consciousness, and death and dying
  • Development in a social and intellectual community
  • Learn 3 of the most exciting and dynamic areas of biology and medicine: Genetics, Bacteria and the Microbiome, and Epigenetics
  • Hands-on experiments on human behavior, plant DNA isolation, and bacteria identification from the environment

Thomas Augst

New York University
  • Teaches courses in American literature and culture at New York University
  • Author of The Clerk’s Tale: Young Men and Moral Life in Nineteenth-Century America & coeditor of Institutions of Reading: The Social Life of Libraries in the United States and Libraries as Agencies of Culture   
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
  • Finalist, Prize for a First Book of the Modern Language Association
  • Honorable Mention, Ralph Gabriel Dissertation Prize of the American Studies Association
  • Helen Choate Bell Dissertation Prize in American Literature, Harvard University
  • Discussions around diverse forms of American writing, including memoirs, essays, news articles, poetry, and fiction
  • Critical thinking skills will be developed by reading and analyzing works from these diverse genres
  • Engage in different forms of writing and discussion
  • Public speaking skills

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