SAFE Grant Student Spotlight: Philip Hinson '20, Psychology

SAFE Grant Student Spotlight: Philip Hinson '20, Psychology

Philip Hinson was a graduate student from Gastonia, N.C.

Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) fund recipient 

Project: “Developing an Analytics Strategy to Describe, Diagnose and Predict Workplace Safety Outcomes”

A SAFE grant allowed Hinson to attend the River Cities Industrial-Organizational (RCIO) research conference with fellow students, Lauren Ferber, Tara O'Neil, Bill Griffin and Haley Driest to present their research conducted with the Appalachian State University HR Science Team with assistance from Hinson’s mentor, Dr. Yalcin Acikgoz, assistant professor, Psychology. In his research, Hinson worked toward developing a strategy to use data that organizations are already collecting to describe, diagnose and predict workplace safety outcomes. Data was collected from a large company that specializes in the production of advanced materials, chemicals and fibers.

This funding made it possible for Hinson to attend the conference and connect with other students, presenters and faculty from other institutions. Hinson notes that he was able to focus on presenting the team's research without having to worry as much about the financial cost of the experience because of a SAFE grant.


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 Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology
Appalachian’s Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology serves more than 1,000 undergraduate majors seeking the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, as well as 80 graduate students in three master’s programs (experimental psychology, school psychology, and industrial-organizational psychology and human resource management) and the clinical psychology (Psy.D.) doctoral program. Learn more at

Compiled and written by Barclay Ann Blankenship and Ellen Gwin Burnette
Jan. 22, 2021

Philip Hinson, SAFE fund recipient
Published: Jan 22, 2021 12:10pm