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Sarah Evans works to develop and organize activities that support and enhance the educational and research efforts related to STEM undergraduate and graduate programs at UCF. After graduating from Rollins College with her BA in physics, Sarah became a high school AP Physics teacher in Seminole County. During her 10 years as a teacher, Sarah was instrumental in building the physics department at Hagerty High School. In 2013, she earned her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. Having conducted and published research in the fields of musical acoustics and optics, Sarah has spent many summers mentoring undergraduate students in physics research. Inspired by these research efforts, Sarah also developed and taught an “Experimental Research” course at the high school level. This course taught students to conduct scientific research and to communicate their work with peers and mentors both in the classroom and at science fairs at the regional, state, and international levels. Sarah is excited to transition her expertise in scientific research and teaching to the EXCEL and COMPASS programs at UCF!

Publications
Thomas R. Moore, Ashley E. Cannaday, and Sarah A. Zietlow, “A simple and inexpensive optical technique to help students visualize mode shapes,” J. Opt. Soc. Am 131, 2480-2487 (2012).

Thomas R. Moore, Ashley E. Cannaday, and Sarah A. Zietlow, “Imaging of vibrating objects using speckle subtraction,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 27, 1863-1867 (2010).

R. Perrin, G.M. Swallowe, Sarah A. Zietlow, and Thomas R. Moore, “The normal modes of cymbals,” Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics 30, 460-467 (2008).

Thomas R. Moore and Sarah A. Zietlow, “Interferometric studies of a piano soundboard,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 119, 1783-1793 (2006).

R. Perrin, G.M. Swallowe, Thomas R. Moore, and Sarah A. Zietlow, “Normal modes of an 18 inch crash cymbal,” Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics 28, 653-662 (2006).

Conference Presentations
Sarah A. Zietlow, “Interferometric studies of a piano soundboard,” March Meeting of the American Physical Society 2006, Baltimore, MD, March 13-17, 2006.

Sarah A. Zietlow, “Interferometric studies of the piano soundboard,” 130th National Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Albuquerque, NM, January 9-13, 2005.

Alexandra R. Robinson and Sarah A. Zietlow, “The normal modes of a piano soundboard,” 128th National Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Miami, Florida, January 25-27, 2004.

Clint Scholar (Outstanding Research Student), 2004
Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Physics at Rollins College, 2005-2006
Silver Educator at Lake Howell High School (chosen by students), 2006-2007
Black and Blue Award at Hagerty High School (chosen by administration), 2013-2014
Teacher of the Month, Hagerty High School, 2017
Distinguished Faculty Member, Residence Life, 2018