SAFE Student Spotlight: Annie Sylvester

Annie Sylvester, B.S. Physics (Secondary Education)
Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund Recipient: Spring 2022
Project: “Automated Tracking Solar Panel”

Sylvester received a Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) grant to purchase necessary equipment to create a fully automated tracking solar panel. Sylvester credits the funding with making it possible to "take concepts from physics courses and apply them to tangible, experiential learning." This project contributed to App State's sustainability efforts.

Currently, Sylvester is earning her Bachelor of Science in Physics and expects to graduate in May 2024. She works with Dr. Jennifer McGee, associate professor in the App State Department of Curriculum and Instruction, on an educational research study. Sylvester enjoys sharing physics with others and looks forward to inspiring and encouraging other students to pursue areas in STEM. Upon graduation, she hopes to begin working as a high school teacher and pursue a graduate degree in education research.


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 Physics and Astronomy
The Department of Physics and Astronomy’s curriculum has an applied nature that includes a core of fundamental physics courses and laboratory experiences. The department prepares graduates for a variety of scientific, teaching or engineering professions, as well as future educational endeavors. Learn more at

SAFE Student Spotlight: Annie Sylvester
Published: Mar 28, 2023 8:45am