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Feb 2011Feb 2011

Customer Service Associate

Edible Arrangements
  • Assisted customers with information about the products the company sold.
  • Responsible for over $5000 in sales over the Valentine's Day season.
  • Contacted customers to follow-up on order delivery.
  • Received payment and processed orders in person, over the phone and online.
  • Assisted staff with wrapping arrangements and cutting fruit.
  • Conducted opening procedures for the store.
Jan 2009Dec 2010

Graduate Research Assistant

The University of Texas at Austin
  • Acquired and cataloged Arabic and Turkish texts.
  • Checked in and bound serials from the Middle East dealing with contemporary issues in Arab society.
  • Trained eight new employees in cataloging procedures for Turkish, Persian and Arabic texts.
  • Wrote training documents to help train future Middle Eastern library employees.
  • Maintained files of Middle Eastern invoices.
  • Responded to customer inquiries about the collection, both in person and over the phone.
Jun 2008Oct 2008

Public Health Volunteer

United States Peace Corps
  • Organized and performed a series of presentations dealing with malaria prevention.
  • Worked with the local midwife to organize a series of presentations dealing with nutrition and proper weening techniques.
  • Started a weekly English club for some of the girls in the local community.
Jun 2004May 2008

Laboratory Assistant

Attagene, Inc
  • Maintained inventory of chemicals and plasmid database with use of Excel.
  • Worked with sales representatives to complete orders for necessary lab supplies.
  • Assisted laboratory staff in aliquating samples. cloning plasmids and media preparation.
  • Synthesized and analyzed data for a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency dealing with the effects of pesticides.

From 2004 to 2007 I worked in this position during the winter and summer holidays when I would be home from school.  Upon the completion of my undergraduate degree in August 2007, I started working in this position full time.

Jun 2006Aug 2006

Public Relations Intern

New York Regional Peace Corps Office
  • Composed press releases and created mail mergers to organize Peace Corps events.
  • Maintained database of returned Peace Corps volunteers.
  • Facilitated staff with planning recruiting events by compiling necessary documents and contacting returned volunteers to speak about their Peace Corps experience.
  • Assisted in planning the annual company retreat at the Delaware River Gap.
  • Worked on special project to improve college recruiting for Peace Corps.
  • Performed various other duties as assigned.
Jan 2004May 2006

Office Assistant

Off-Campus Housing Office
  • Organized and maintained online housing database using Microsoft Access.
  • Answered customers' questions, both in person and via the phone, about the different services the Off-Campus Housing Office provides.
  • Assisted both faculty and students in navigating the housing website.
  • Processed payments and new information submitted about housing advertisements.



Stony Brook University

In addition to a full course load, I was an active member of the Student Activities Board from 2003 to 2007 and helped schedule different events for students on campus, including lectures and film screenings.


Boren Scholar, 2006-2007

Dean's List, 2003-2007

Jan 2009Dec 2010


The University of Texas at Austin


French Language
I have studied French for three years and while I have difficulty producing the language, I am able to understand conversations  and read articles on a topics I am familiar with.
Internet Research
I have extensive experience performing open source research on a number of different subjects.
Microsoft Office Suite
I am a strong user of the Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.  I have used these programs throughout my school career for a number of projects.  I am proficient in advanced tasks, such as mail mergers and inserting page breaks into a Word document and have used Excel to create budget spreadsheets and transform these spread sheets into graphs to be presented to my superiors.
Russian Language
I am a native Russian speaker and can read and write in Russian on a variety of advanced topics.  Due to the fact that I grew up speaking Russian, I also have a great deal of technical vocabulary that an average student of Russian would lack.
Arabic Language
I am fluent in Arabic and can speak not only Modern Standard Arabic, but am also familiar with the Egyptian, Levantine and North African dialects.



I am a skilled communicator with strong analytical and research skills.  My graduate school training taught me to be a self-started and arrange my ideas concisely into an organize and understandable product.  I have a strong work ethic and experience working as a team leader on research projects.


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