SAFE Student Spotlight: Emie Choquette

Emie Choquette
Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund Recipient: Spring 2023

Project: "High School Bullies and Victims: Who, How, and Why?"

Choquette received a Spring 2023 Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) grant to attend the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Conference in Denver, Colorado from February 7-10, 2023. At the conference, Choquette had the opportunity to present her research, network with professionals in the field, and gain valuable insights into emerging practices in school psychology.

"The money from the SAFE grant significantly enriched my student experience by helping to cover registration fees, travel expenses, and accommodations for the conference. This support allowed me to immerse myself in the conference, attend a wider range of sessions, and interact with experts in the field. Altogether, this enhanced my understanding of the field and bolstered my professional growth, which I am extremely thankful for," wrote Choquette, who presented a poster titled "High School Bullies and Victims: Who, How, and Why?" at the NASP Conference.

Choquette earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Bradley University. She is currently pursuing her dual master's and specialist degrees in school psychology. Following graduation from Appalachian, Choquette plans to begin her career as a school psychologist.

“The experience I was able to have at the NASP Conference allowed me to network with leading practitioners and acquire practical skills that are transferable to my future role as a school psychologist, which reinforces the grant's role in elevating the caliber of education and training students receive at App State,” shared Choquette.


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 State University’s Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology serves more than 1,400 undergraduate majors seeking the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, as well as 90 graduate students across four graduate programs: experimental psychology (MA), industrial-organizational psychology and human resource management (MA), school psychology (MA/SSP) and clinical psychology (PsyD). Learn more at

Written by Autumn Dagenhardt
Edited by Lauren Gibbs

January 30, 2024

Emie Choquette
Published: Jan 30, 2024 8:45am