Sarah A. Novak    




Objective: Conducting research in a health and social psychology graduate program.


Education: The University of Texas at Austin

Majors – BA Plan II Honors Program and Psychology Honors

Minor – Art History

Cumulative GPA – 3.64   Psychology GPA – 3.89   Jr./Sr. GPA -- 3.88

Valedictorian of Bryan High School, Bryan, Texas, 1996


Work Experience:

Summer 2000, GTE Labs / Verizon Technologies, Waltham, MA

Intern, National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, Industrial Undergraduate Research ProgramConducted a usability evaluation of personal web page creation tools, created a highlight video, presented findings at a symposium.

Fall 1999 – Spring 2000, University of Texas at Austin

Research Assistant, Social PsychologyCollected data for experiments on stigmatization and stereotype threat, researched journal articles, entered data with statistical applications.

Summer 1999, Summer 1998, University of Texas at Austin

Orientation Advisor, Dean of Students OfficeIntroduced new students (freshmen and transfers) to the university environment, created and implemented programs and activities to inform students about campus life and resources, advised students individually on academic issues and university policies, supervised students as a wing advisor in the residence hall.

Fall 1998, University of Texas at Austin

Peer Advisor Coordinator, Plan II Honors ProgramLed information sessions for prospective students and parents, organized peer advisory groups for new students, oriented and supervised volunteer peer advisors.

Fall 1997 – Spring 1997, University of Texas at Austin

Clerical Assistant, Plan II Honors Program.  Greeted students, parents, and visitors to the office, answered and transferred phone calls, entered data, provided assistance in admission and advising activities.

Summer 1997Texas A&M University, College Station

Laboratory Research Assistant, Molecular BiologyPerformed research techniques including polymerase chain reaction, gel electrophoresis, and cell sonication, updated chemical and supply inventories, assisted in data collection.



Psi Chi President (2000-01)National psychology honor society – worked with members to coordinate activities including new member induction ceremonies, guest lectures on current research, panel discussions, and research opportunity fairs.

Orange Jackets Treasurer (1999-00)Honorary women’s leadership, scholarship and service organization – managed group’s checking account and budget, collected dues, coordinated fundraisers and charity events.

Mortar Board, Executive Board, National Conference Delegate (1999-00)National senior honor society – represented the visor chapter at the national conference in Columbus, Ohio, attended executive board meetings, coordinated special events.

Student Endowed Centennial Lectureship Committee Treasurer (1999)Managed financial matters throughout the process of organizing and hosting a high-profile speaking event for the entire university community.

Texas Union Multiculturalism Task Force Chair (1998-99)Planned weekly committee meetings, created programs to explore and celebrate campus diversity, met weekly with advisor, prepared proposals and budgets for programs, served as a voting member of the Texas Union Council – student programming body of the university.

Student Equity and Diversity Board (1998-01).  Created educational and entertaining programs for the university community, facilitated diversity training for groups and organizations upon request.



Services for Students with Disabilities (1998-01)Administered tests to physically challenged students, recorded books on tape, picked up and delivered tests.

College Bound (1998)Visited a fifth grade class weekly to teach students about the many opportunities they have if they stay in school and graduate, organized games and activities to make learning fun and interactive.


University Honors:

            Louise and Ira Iscoe Endowed Presidential Scholarship (2000)

            Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Office of the VP of Research (2000-01)

            Dean's Honors List (1997-2000)

            John Shumacher Memorial Scholarship (1999)

            Cactus Goodfellow Award (1999)

            Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities (1999)

            Chad Oliver Memorial Scholarship (1997)

            Robert C. Byrd Scholarship (1996-01)