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Samantha Strazza

Samantha Strazza

Honors Thesis Independent Study

Educational Psychology Department

East Brunswick, NJ

President of Alpha Epsilon Phi at the University of Connecticut

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Educational Psychology Department

Honors Thesis Independent Study

- Conducted qualitative and quantitative survey study on the UConn Connects academic intervention program, creating data collection tools, gathering data and analyzing information on undergraduate students’ perceptions of program impact
- Honors Thesis title: “From ‘F’ to ‘A’: The effect of student perceptions on academic success”

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Sociology Department

Student Administrative Assistant

- Operate word-process and spreadsheet programs, update department website, and address student and faculty concerns

East Brunswick Township

Full-day Summer Camp Counselor

- Nurture elementary school campers' development of social skills and self-esteem, promoting a positive and healthy environment and responding to problem solving opportunities in the group
- Promoted to Senior Counselor (Summer 2013), assisting in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers within activities and throughout the camp

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Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority - Alpha Xi Chapter

President

- Collaborate with a 11 person Executive Board to accomplish the purpose and operations of the Sorority and its 143 members
- Represent the Sorority in matters pertaining to and affecting the sorority
- Submit all reports to the Sorority’s National Office and the University’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life

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Academic Achievement Center

Connects Master Coach

- Planned weekly classes for Connects Facilitators, providing them the tools and confidence needed to be effective mentors for students on academic probation

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Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority - Alpha Xi Chapter

Vice President of Scholarship

- Promoted academic excellence by implementing motivational and resourceful programs to help 108 chapter members reach their full academic potential
- Increased chapter GPA by 10%
- Met with members on academic probation bi-weekly to develop personal goals and encourage high scholastic achievement

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Academic Achievement Center

Connects Facilitator

- Coached six students on academic probation by serving as a mentor and university resource
- Led weekly one-on-one meetings to explore and enhance study habits as a means to personal and academic success

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Clinical Psychology Department

Research Assistant

- Identified and processed coding on research on language functioning in optimal-outcome children with a history of autism
- Contributed to poster presented at the 2012 International Meeting for Autism Research in Canada
- Reference: Suh, J., Eigsti, I.M., Barton, Naigles, L.M., Strazza, S., Orinstein, A., Troyb, E., Tyson, K., Helt, M., Rosenthal, M.C., Schultz, R.T., Stevens, M., Kelley, & Fein, D. (2012). Idiosyncratic use of Language and Unusual References in Narratives of Optimal Outcome Children with a History of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Global House Learning Community

Learning Community Leader

- Served as a peer mentor and resource to the new students’ transition to college and the Learning Community

Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority - Alpha Xi Chapter

Inter-Chapter/External Chair

- Networked and developed positive relations with the Greek Life community and other Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority Chapters

Global House Learning Community

Event Coordinator

- Cooperated with faculty and students to plan events that promote cultural awareness and support the transition of international students at the university

The University of Connecticut

BA, Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies

East Brunswick High School