SAFE Grant Student Spotlight: Alaska Schubert, Geological and Environmental Sciences

SAFE Grant Student Spotlight: Alaska Schubert, Geological and Environmental Sciences 

Alaska Schubert is a senior from Pleasant Garden, N.C. 

Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) fund recipient 

Project: “Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting 2018” 

With the assistance of funding from the SAFE Grant, Schubert was able to attend the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) in 2018. This included travel to Albuquerque, N.M., registration for the conference, and housing during her stay. This gathering is the largest meeting of vertebrate paleontologists in the world. Schubert traveled with a group of other Appalachian State University students and faculty mentor, Dr. Andrew Heckert, professor, Department of Geological and Environmental Studies. 

Schubert was able to gain knowledge from the many research projects and lectures presented at the meeting. This information helped her better understand what kind of research she is interested in pursuing in the future, as well as what goes into conducting a major research project. 

“Without this funding, I would not have been able to attend the SVP conference. Going to SVP enhanced my experience as a student because I was able to experience a professional conference as an undergraduate. I also met several well-known paleontologists at this event and learned what goes into a research presentation at this type of conference,” said Schubert.


About The SAFE Fund
Initially endowed by Hughlene and Bill Frank, the College of Arts and Sciences Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund provides resources that can be used to support undergraduate, graduate and faculty experiences. The SAFE Fund provides funding for college priorities and opportunities that arise throughout the year. These unrestricted funds support student and faculty travel, publication support for faculty and student research opportunities. Learn more at:

About the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Located in Western North Carolina, Appalachian State University provides the perfect setting to study geological and environmental sciences. The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences provides students with a solid foundation on which to prepare for graduate school or build successful careers as scientists, consultants and secondary education teachers. The department offers six degree options in geology and two degree options in environmental science. Learn more at

Compiled and written by Barclay Ann Blankenship and Ellen Gwin Burnette
March 24, 2021

Alaska Schubert in Albuquerque, N.M. Photo submitted
Published: Mar 24, 2021 9:20am