Valentin Lazar

605 Asbury Circle, Box 124205
Atlanta, GA 30322


Emory University - Atlanta, GA
Anticipated B.A. in Psychology/Linguistics - Spring 2013
Anticipated B.A. in Computer Science - Spring 2013
Overall GPA - 3.45

Spring Valley High School - Columbia, SC
Discovery Magnet Program (2005-2009)
Overall GPA - 4.0


Programming/Web Languages:
Proficient in Java, C, HTML, CSS, PHP, E-Basic
Familiar with Visual Basic, Assembly, ActionScript 2.0

Computing/Design Tools:
Proficient in MS Office, Adobe Suite, SPSS, Audacity, Sound Studio, E-Prime, Social Media (Facebook, Twitter)
Familiar with Praat, 3D Studio Max, Lightwave, Blogging Tools

Other Skills:
Psychological Research Design, Statistics, Ethics for Behavioral Research (CITI certified), PCR, Southern Blotting, Western Blotting, Laser Microscope Time-Lapse Analysis, Cell Culture Maintenance

Languages Spoken:
Romanian(fluent), French(proficient), Spanish (beginner/conversational)

Natural Language Processing, Computatinal Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Machine Learning, Sound Symbolism, and Language Acquisition

Experiences, Leadership, and Activities

Nygaard Speech Perception Lab - Research Assistant (Fall 2012 - Present)
Conducted research in sound symbolism, speech perception, accent learning, and vocal accommodation. Acquired skills in research design, ethics, and team collaboration.

Emory French Studies Abroad (Summer 2011)
Studied French at Université de Paris

Reformed University Fellowship - Ministry Team Leader (Fall 2010 - Present)
Community Group Leader (2010 - Present) - Maintained an student community group and Bible study.
Large Group Coordinator (2011 - Present) - Organized weekly Large Group events, worked with social media for social event planning, set up Powerpoint presentation slides, and set up audio equipment. Served as a liason to other Emory groups when working on joint, campus-wide events (Veritas Forum, Cornhole Tournament, Prayer events, R U Game? etc.)
Prayer Team Leader (2010 - 2011) - Organized prayer walks, a prayer request system, and support/prayer groups.

Pallas Biochemistry Lab - Research Assistant (Fall 2009 - Fall 2010)
Assisted in general lab duties for cancer and Alzheimer’s drug research. Acquired skills in PCR, Southern and Western blotting, laser microscope use, and computer time-lapse analysis of cancer cells in mice. Trained new work study research assistants and organized weekly lab meetings.

World Relief Volunteer - Clarkston, GA (Spring 2010)
Helped new refugees learn English, get accustomed to life and culture in America, and helped families apply for jobs and get involved with Clarkston refugee events and services.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

Ronald B. Daniel Scholarship (2012)

National AP Scholar (2009)

Independent Research (2006 - 2009)
Bronze medal at I-SWEEEP in Houston, TX (Environment division, 2008)
3rd place overall at the South Carolina Region II Science and Engineering Fair (2008)
Grand Award at South Carolina Junior Academy of Sciences (SCJAS) research competition (2007)
1st place research paper and 1st place presentation – Chemistry – SCJAS (2007, 2008)