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Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
Candidate for a Bachelor of Arts Degree, May 2001. Intended double major in Biochemistry and Economics. Substantial extracurricular involvement in the Music Department. Research student in Bioorganic Chemistry laboratory.

American College of Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria
Graduated May, 1997. Speaker at the Class of 1997 Graduation. Member of the Director's List. Received Foreign Language Department Award.

33 School "Vela Peeva", Sofia, Bulgaria


Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA (Summer 1998-present). Under Prof. Ahamindra Jain's supervision carried out a research on Drug Delivery Using PhotoLabile Masks.
Merck&Co., West Point, PA (Summer 1999). Worked in a biophysical lab in the Vaccine Pharmaceutical Research Division at Merck&Co. Techniques employed included Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Fluorometry, UV/Vis spectrosopy and fluorometry.

WRITING ASSOCIATE (1998-present)
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. Corrected Chemistry and Mathematics papers and conducted conferences with students before the final drafts of the papers were turned in to the professor.

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. Led Problem sessions in Organic Chemistry. Served as a teaching assistant in Organic Chemistry II Laboratory.

Cornell Science Library, Swarthmore College, PA (1998-present). Shelved books and worked as a librarian.
Office of Admissions, Swarthmore College, PA (1997-present). Built application folders and filed documents.
Swarthmore College Peace Collection, Swarthmore, PA (1997-1998). Filed documents, shelved books and updated the computer catalogue.
British Council Library, Sofia, Bulgaria (1996). Shelved and helped in organizing a summer course in English language.

Translating Firm "Giulten", Sofia, Bulgaria (1997). Translated birth certificates, diplomas, licenses and diplomas and certified them. Also served as a tour guide for foreign visitors of the country.


Laboratory Techniques and Equipment
Experienced in organic compounds synthesis, ion exchange chromatography and TLC, analysis by Proton NMR and Carbon-13 NMR, UV-Vis, IR and mass spectroscopy. Also experianced with Differential scanning calorimetry, solution calorimetry, FTIR and fluorometry.


Programming Languages: HTML

Chemistry related applications: CAChe, Macromodel molecular modeling software, Chemdraw.

General Applications : Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Microsoft Excel, Adobe Photoshop, MATLAB, KaleidaGraph, Statview, ClarisWorks.

Experienced with both Macintosh and PC.


Admissions Office Ambassador for Eastern Europe, Swarthmore College (1998-1999).
Discussed admissions and life of international students from Eastern Europe with prospective candidates.
Campus Advisor, Swarthmore College (1998).
Served as an advisor of 10-15 incoming first-year students during orientation to the school.
Volunteer in the ER at UPenn Hospital , Philadelphia, PA (January-May 1998).
Provided basic assistance to patients and served as a transporter.
Member of Mary Lyon's Dorm Council , Swarthmore College, PA. (September 1997-May 1998)
Organized all-dorm activities and participated in making a decision about spending dorm money.
Member of Cantatrix- a cappella group for Renaissance Music, Swarthmore College, PA
Performed in ensemble and as a soloist at various concerts.
Member of Swarthmore College Chorus, Swarthmore, PA. (September 1997-present).
Performed the Brahm's Requiem, Handel's Messiah and Bach's Magnificat. Had a soprano solo in Bach's Magnificat.
Member of the Children's Choir of the Bulgarian National Radio, Sofia, Bulgaria (1986-1997).
A singer and an announcer in English at concerts in Mexico, USA, Japan and Bulgaria.
Playing the piano (1985-present).


The American Chemical Society Polymer Education Committee Award for Outstanding Performance in Organic Chemistry, Swarthmore College, PA (May, 1999)
Associate Member of the Swarthmore Chapter of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Swarthmore College, PA (elected in April, 1999)
Joseph Conard Scholarship for academic success, Swarthmore College, PA (1998/1999 and 1999/2000).
CRC Press LLC Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award, Swarthmore College, PA (Spring semester, 1998)
Garrigues scholarship for Voice Lessons, Swarthmore College, PA (December 1997, May 1998, December 1998, May 1999).
Foreign Language Department Award, American College of Sofia, Bulgaria (May 1998).
Speaker at the First Commencement at the American College of Sofia (May 1997).
Selected for concert tours in Japan (twice), Mexico, USA
Third Rounds of the Chemistry and Biology Olympiads, Bulgaria (1997).