Sarah A. Novak
Objective: Conducting research in a health and social psychology graduate program.
University of Texas at Austin
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,
2000, GTE Labs / Verizon Technologies,
Intern, National Science Foundation Research
Experience for Undergraduates, Industrial Undergraduate Research Program.
Conducted 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
Assistant, Social Psychology.
for experiments on stigmatization and stereotype threat, researched journal
articles, entered data with statistical applications.
Summer 1998, University of Texas at Austin
Advisor, Dean of Students Office.
Introduced 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.
University of Texas at Austin
Advisor Coordinator, Plan II Honors
Program. Led 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
Assistant, Plan II Honors Program.
parents, and visitors to the office, answered and transferred phone calls,
entered data, provided assistance in admission and advising activities .
Texas A&M University, College Station
Research Assistant, Molecular Biology.
Performed 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 .
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
Managed financial matters throughout the process of
organizing and hosting a high-profile speaking event for the entire university
Texas Union Multiculturalism Task Force Chair (1998-99).
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
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.
for Students with Disabilities (1998-01).
tests to physically challenged students, recorded books on tape, picked up and
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 .
and Ira Iscoe Endowed Presidential Scholarship (2000)
Research Fellowship, Office of the VP of Research (2000-01)
Dean's Honors List (1997-2000)
Memorial Scholarship (1999)
Goodfellow Award (1999)
Who in American Colleges and Universities (1999)
Oliver Memorial Scholarship (1997)
C. Byrd Scholarship (1996-01)