Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, the AMSE Institute is implementing a three-tiered program: Membership, Honors, and Honors Fellow, plus an option to combine AMSE and Conservatory with the AMSE Artist Honors program. The three-tiered program will replace the current Major/Minor model. This change will allow AMSE to create more distinct pathways for recognizing the top high achieving students in their respective fields, while broadening the scope of student involvement.
Students must complete these requirements upon graduation.
AMSE Institute Distinction Requirements
|AMSE Approved Research Project||—||1||1|
|Years of Science||—||4||4|
|Years of Math||—||4||4|
|Advanced Placement (AP) Courses||—||2||4|
AMSE Membership is open to all VCHS students. Students may apply at any time up to the second semester of their senior year. Membership is designed to expose students to the many offerings and areas of interest that AMSE has to offer. Students with an AMSE Membership will be eligible to apply for and participate in AMSE programs, and will also receive invitations to AMSE special events and the AMSE newsletter. AMSE Members may apply for AMSE Honors distinction up to the end of the first semester of their junior year and work towards completing the requirements outlined below.
AMSE Honors participants are automatically given AMSE membership. Junior students who are meeting the Honors requirements and achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher at the end of their junior year will be awarded the status of AMSE Honor student. In addition, junior students who are on track to meet these requirements are eligible to apply for the elite AMSE Honors Fellow Program. Senior students who have met the Honors requirements and achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher by the end of the first semester of their senior year will be awarded the status of AMSE Honors Student and honored with a cord of distinction to wear on graduation day and receive a seal on their diploma.
AMSE Honors Fellow
AMSE students in their junior year who are on track to meet all of the AMSE Honors requirements are eligible to apply for the prestigious AMSE Honors Fellow Program. Students who are accepted into this program will be placed in an internship program where they will receive specialized training and mentoring experiences with industry professionals during their senior year. Each student will be working on research and development projects specifically designed to capture their individual passions and develop their unique skill set. The Honors Fellow will be honored with a cord of distinction to wear on graduation day and receive a seal on their diploma. To apply to be an Honors Fellow, current VCHS junior students must submit an application, cover letter, resume, references, and complete an in-person interview.
The Honors Fellow application for the 2019/20 school year is now closed. The application will re-open in April 2020 for the 2020/21 school year.
AMSE Research Projects
*All AMSE Research Projects must be pre-approved.
Options for Participation
|AMSE Approved Research Project|
HS Scientific Research Course
HS Sponsorship through AMSE membership
|ASGSR Research Project and Presentation||HS ISS Afterschool Program|
|Regional and National Math Research Competitions||HS Math Team|
|Astronomy Research||HS Afterschool Astronomy Research Program|
|*Summer Internship with External Agency||AMSE Member|
|Research & Development Projects||AMSE Honors Fellow|
AMSE Artist Honors
The Conservatory and AMSE Institute are excited to announce a new AMSE Artist Honors Distinction for VCHS students. This distinction was created in order to recognize students who have a deep passion for both the STEM and artistic fields and give them the opportunity to participate in both programs without overloading their schedules. View the specific requirements for AMSE Artist Honors.
- As an AMSE Artist Honors participant, AMSE and Conservatory membership are automatically included.
- Students interested in pursuing AMSE Artist Honors status must complete a separate application, not both AMSE & Conservatory Honors applications.
AMSE Artist Honors Requirements
|Conservatory Declaration of Area of Emphasis||Yes|
|Years of Science||3|
|Years of Math||4|
|Discipline Specific Conservatory Courses||3|
|Discipline Specific Conservatory Extra-Curriculars (Shows, private lessons, etc.)||4|
|Blended AMSE/Conservatory Project||1|