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Toms River, NJ
March 17, 2018

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Merina Vaughn

**** *** ****** **** *****, NJ ****7



The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ August 2014 – Present

• Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Minor in Biology - GPA 3.2 out of 4.0 o American Chemical Society (ACS) certified degree with independent research o Expected graduation date of May 2018



Bunagan Research Group Ewing, NJ January 2017 – Present

• Independent Research Student

o Working as an undergraduate researcher under Dr. Michelle Bunagan at The College of New Jersey o Performing ultraviolet, fluorescence, and circular dichroism spectroscopies to understand peptide folding dynamics within different solvents

o Determining optimal conditions for peptide stability and how it aids in long-term protein storage within plants

o Reviewing literature for new techniques involving peptide conformational studies - specifically those involving reverse micelle environments and Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfers (FRET) The College of New Jersey Disability Support Services Ewing, NJ February 2016 – May 2016

• Directed Laboratory Assistant

o Facilitated the education of a disabled student by tutoring and performing the physical manipulations of laboratory equipment for an introductory chemistry course Work

Seacoast Amusements Keansburg, NJ

• Restaurant Manager April 2016 – February 2018

o Oversaw inventory, prepared payroll, recruited and trained employees, and adhered to food service codes o Promoted a welcoming environment that secured large group sales

• Waitress April 2011 – April 2016

o Prepared and served food to patrons as well as large groups (200+ people), regulated sanitary measures in dining and meal preparation areas, and trained new employees Keansburg Board of Education Keansburg, NJ

• Teacher Assistant September 2012 – June 2014

o Supervised children ages 9-15 afterschool, participated in recreational activities, aided in the preparation of lesson plans and activities, and tutored children in all subjects o Received training certification from Autism Family Services of New Jersey (January 2014) Qualifications

• Experienced in various techniques including infrared (IR), ultraviolet/visible (UV/Vis), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), circular dichroism (CD) and luminescence spectroscopies as well as gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS)

• Familiar with Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis (PAGE), Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and Western Blotting techniques

• Strong background in Adobe Photoshop, Google Applications, and Microsoft Office on PC and Mac operating systems

Extracurricular Affiliations

Student Chemists Association

• Participated in monthly meetings, attended research talks from guest speakers, and volunteered for community projects such as local science fairs and demonstrations Animal Benefits Club

• Volunteered with the Ewing and Trenton animal shelters to perform activities such as walking dogs, cleaning cages, and collecting/distributing bedding and food supplies

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