Sarah Rubelowsky

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Sarah
Rubelowsky
Hattiesburg, MS, USA
Bronze Honor Society Member
USM ( May-2017 )
Summary
I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences with an Emphasis in Environmental Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2017. During my time at Southern Miss, I was an active member of several honor societies on our campus and have continued to support them since graduating. While at Southern, I gained teaching experience working as a biology laboratory teaching assistant, educating undergraduates in the fundamentals of biology. I also worked in an ichthyology laboratory as a research technician under Dr. Jake Schaefer, where I wrote an undergraduate honors thesis studying the salinity tolerances of an invasive freshwater fish in Mississippi. I learned about the different frameworks it takes to execute a successful research program and because of that, my research has been continued since graduating and is in preparation for publication. After graduating from college, I accepted a seven-month scuba diving internship at Rainbow Reef Dive Center, the largest dive shop in North America, located in Key Largo, Florida. Once I completed my internship, I worked for two years as a full-time PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer with 24 instructor specialty ratings, Diveheart Adaptive Buddy, and Conservation Coordinator for Rainbow Reef. I enjoyed the time I spent working in diving the industry and have always wanted to utilize my diving skills for research. I am proud to say that I am currently enrolled in one of the nation's top-ranked Marine Biology Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs at Texas A&M University at Galveston, where I am pursuing my doctoral degree. I am working in a biospeleology laboratory studying marine cave biology, ecology, and marine cave conservation under world-renowned cave diver and scientist, Dr. Thomas Iliffe. Dr. Iliffe's research is what inspired me to apply to Texas A&M’s graduate program. I spent the past year getting certified as a Full Cave Diver and Technical Diver. I am excited to utilize my advanced diving skills for scientific research diving in marine cave systems. I believe I am in the right program to research specific topics in Dr. Iliffe's lab that will allow me to answer questions that could have significant implications on the conservation and future of aquatic ecosystems in caves.
Intended Job Path
After I finish my Ph.D., I ultimately want to be a contributing scientist to society, focusing on marine cave conservation. I would like to utilize my advanced diving skills for scientific research diving in marine cave systems.
Grad School Interests
I am currently enrolled in one of the nation's top-ranked Marine Biology Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs at Texas A&M University at Galveston, where I am pursuing my doctoral degree.
Honors & Awards
NSS - CDS Full Cave Diver
August 2020
Ambassador for Hulya Swim
A new, innovative, eco-friendly swimwear brand with one mission in mind - to save the ocean. Hülya Swim uses high tech recycled fabric made out of recycled ghost nets and other marine debris (June 2019 - Present)
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
24 Instructor Specialty Ratings
Biological Ambassador
Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
Student Advisor of National Society of Collegiate Scholars Honor Society
Fall 2015 - Spring 2017
President of the National Leadership Council of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars Honor Society
Served on the Board of Directors Fall 2015 - Spring 2016
Chapter President of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars Honor Society
Fall 2014 - Spring 2015
Founded and Started the National Society of Collegiate Scholars at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Sister Chapter
Fall 2014
Founded the National Society of Collegiate Scholars at The University of Southern Mississippi
Star Status Coordinator - Spring 2014
HonorSociety.org Undergraduate Achiever Scholarship
University of Southern Mississippi Leadership Scholarship
Fall 2013 - Spring 2017
Job Experience
Graduate Teaching Assistant Coordinator
Texas A&M University at Galveston for the Department of Chemistry in Foundational Sciences. My duties include being the lead TA responsible for coordinating all laboratories for all chemistry courses, managing online components for all laboratories for all chemistry courses, organizing general lab meetings and section meetings, and working hand in hand with the department head on ways to improve laboratory meetings for students due to COVID-19.
January, 2021 to May, 2025
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Texas A&M University at Galveston for the Department of Chemistry in Foundational Sciences. My duties include instructing and supervising students for the laboratory component of the course, preparing supplemental resources for students due to COVID-19, assigning and grades pre-lab, post-lab, and final exam as well as keeping an organized record for grading purposes, and gaining experience teaching remotely (via zoom) and in person at the same due to COVID-19 regulations.
August, 2020 to May, 2025
Marketing and Sales Associate
Randy Price and Company in Hattiesburg, MS. My duties included representing the company’s environmentally friendly and sustainable brands, being responsible for assisting customers and educating them on sustainable shopping practices, using QuickBooks as point of sales software system, and was responsible for planning community events.
November, 2019 to July, 2020
Florida Keys Sales Representative
Stream2Sea in Key Largo, FL. My duties included educating the public on the detrimental effects chemical sunscreen and body care products have on the environment and human bodies, maintaining professional relationships with current accounts as well as established new partnerships throughout the Florida Keys, gaining experience using Method as the point of the sales software system, reviewing budget reports each month to ensure sale efficiency, and improved sales efficiency by 60% from May-August of 2018 to May-August of 2019.
January, 2019 to October, 2019
Conservation Coordinator and Blue Star Liaison
Rainbow Reef Dive Center in Key Largo, FL. My duties included being responsible for coordinating all conservation-related events for the largest dive shop in North America and conducting field research through scientific scuba diving with the Coral Restoration Foundation by participating in coral nursery dives, outplanting sessions, and spawning events. I founded Rainbow Reef’s clean up data software method and was responsible for reporting, analyzing, and submitting all Dive Against Debris data to Project AWARE. Project AWARE is a nonprofit organization associated with PADI that focuses on ocean protection. I lead initiatives in making the dive shop more eco-conscious by requiring reef-safe sunscreen on all dive boats and eliminating plastic water bottles, gained experience in successful grant writing and fundraising programs, and worked hand in hand with conservation-related organizations such as Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF), Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA, 4Ocean, Project AWARE and Stream2Sea. I was also the Blue Star Liaison for RRDC and worked directly with NOAA and The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to ensure Rainbow Reef Dive Center had completed all Blue Star requirements, all staff had completed Blue Star & NOAA training and educated customers on regulations of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
August, 2018 to October, 2019
Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Rainbow Reef Dive Center in Key Largo, FL. My instructor number is #415735. My duties included instructing, guiding, and being first mate for Rainbow Reef. I am proficient in working on 30’ Island Hopper, 42’ Newton, and 46’ Newton. I also worked as part of the office staff responsible for scheduling, reservations, and payments using EVE as our point of sales system. I attended DEMA (Diving Equipment & Marketing Association) in Las Vegas, Nevada in Fall of 2018 with Rainbow Reef
July, 2018 to October, 2019
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Biological Sciences. I taught Biology and Society Laboratory. My duties included instructing and supervising students for the laboratory component of the course, developing strong public speaking skills, assigning and grading lab reports, homework and quizzes as well as kept organized records for grading purposes. I prepared lectures and demonstrated biological experiments, as well as proctored exams.
August, 2016 to December, 2017
Marketing Agent and Leasing Professional
Southgate Realty, LLC. at The Lakes at Turtle Creek Apartment Homes. My duties included being responsible for all promotional material and social media for the community and leasing out rentable apartment homes and responsible for obtaining all required paperwork in a timely manner.
January, 2015 to July, 2016
Major
Marine Biology
Language Proficiency
English (US)
Volunteering
Ambassador
Hulya Swim - eco-friendly swimwear brand with one mission in mind - to save the ocean. Hülya Swim uses high tech recycled fabric made out of recycled ghost nets and other marine debris. I am still currently representing this company.
June, 2019 to January, 2021
Coral Restoration Foundation Featured Volunteer of the Month in July 2019
Coral Reef Foundation - Conducted field research through scientific scuba diving with the Coral Restoration Foundation by participating in coral nursery dives, outplanting sessions, and spawning events
January, 2018 to October, 2019
Volunteer Diver & Event Organizer
Project AWARE - Dive Against Debris
January, 2018 to October, 2019
Blue Star Liaison
NOAA - Worked directly with NOAA and The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to ensure Rainbow Reef Dive Center had completed all Blue Star requirements, all staff had completed proper training, and customers were aware of all regulation before diving
August, 2018 to October, 2019
Volunteer
Homes of Hope for Children
December, 2014
Volunteer
Aspire Center
October, 2014
Volunteer
Salvation Army
November, 2014
Volunteer
Passion of the Pinebelt
March, 2015
Volunteer
Bedfor Care Center of Hattiesburg Nursing Home
September, 2014 to November, 2014
Hobbies
My hobbies including swimming, scuba diving, hiking, and running! I love to stay active and enjoy being outdoors as much as possible.
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