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  • commented on Contact Us 2015-06-02 15:28:42 -0400
    Takhmina Tursunbai kyzy

    Centreville, VA 20120

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    Southern Illinois University (SIU) – Carbondale, IL, August 2013 – May 2015 (Expected)

    • B.A. Political science, International Affairs, Minor: Philosophy | GPA: 3.3 | Major GPA: 3.8

    Sunway University – Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, January 2011 – December 2012

    • American Degree Transfer Program (ADTP) – Affiliation with Western Michigan University| GPA: 2.97

    Relevant Experience

    Summer Internship (May 2014 – June 2014)

    Embassy of Kyrgyz Republic – Washington, DC

    • Translated documents in Russian – Kyrgyz – English (e.g. articles for embassy use)

    • Managed office procedures, conducted receptionist duties, documented meetings (e.g. meetings of multiple ambassadors, delegations), maintained and organized the embassy website

    • Hosted and served for embassy events (delegations of teachers, politicians and diplomats; aid program for children from Kyrgyzstan adopted by the U.S. citizens)

    Undergraduate Research Assistant (August 2013 – December 2013)

    Southern Illinois University – Department of Political Science – Carbondale, IL

    • Created a database for Ukrainian Socio-Economic indicators for research by two Political Science Professors on electoral politics

    • Reported to supervisor with progress reports and strategies to minimize research costs

    • Offered constructive feedback in translation process so that improvements could be documented over time

    Assistant to the Member of Parliament (January 2013 – July 2013)

    Parliament – Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

    • Performed clerical job, conducted receptionist duties and arranged meetings

    Program Assistant Internship (present)

    Turkic American Alliance – Washington, DC

    • Performing clerical job, conducting receptionist duties and research related to non-profit organizations working with Turkey, Central Asia, Eurasia & Baltic countries

    Other experiences

    Lab Assistant (August 2014 – Present)

    Southern Illinois University – Office of Information Technology – Carbondale, IL

    • Provided instructional technology support for CESL Media Center and technical assistance for students

    • Maintained instruction-related tools (computers, projectors, smart-classrooms)

    • Restored computers (Mac and Windows) and set up Ethernet connection between computers

    Member of UNA USA – Volunteer (Fall 2014 – Present)

    Southern Illinois chapter

    • Attending meetings, raising funds for donation, participating in fundraising activities

    Ambassador of Political Science Department (Fall 2014 – Spring 2015)

    Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, IL

    • Hosting related events and roundtables on ongoing conflicts and improving the major

    International Student Ambassador (January 2011 – December 2012)

    Sunway University – Malaysia

    • Assisting new admitted students

    Honors and Memberships

    • College of Liberal Arts Dean’s List, SIU (Fall 2013 – present)

    • Entrance Scholarship Recipient, SIU (Fall 2013)

    • Certificate for Participation for the Eco Fashion Show, Malaysia (2012)

    Technology & Other Skills

    • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and Stata

    • Tutoring – computer usage

    • Network management, handling surplus, and building satisfied customer relationships

    • Russian and Kyrgyz speaking, reading and writing proficiency: Native

    • English speaking, reading and writing proficiency: Excellent


    Stephen Bloom, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor in Comparative Politics

    Department of Political Science

    1000 Faner Drive, Room 3164

    Southern Illinois University

    Carbondale, IL 62901-4501

    (618) 453-3183

    Stephen Shulman, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor & Graduate Studies Director

    Department of Political Science

    1000 Faner Drive, Room 3163

    Southern Illinois University

    Carbondale, IL 62901-4501

    (618) 453-3194

    Mr. Zhanybek Eraliev

    First Secretary

    Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic

    Kyrgyzstan – US Bilateral Relations Economic Affairs

    2360 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest

    Washington, DC 20008

    (202) 652-4546

    Tugiyanto Papua

    LAN Support Specialist II at CESL Media Center

    1000 Faner Drive, Room 1133

    Southern Illinois University

    Carbondale, IL 62901-4501

    (618) 310-8274

    Virginia Tilley

    Political Science Department Chair at SIUC

    1000 Faner Drive, room 3179

    Carbondale, Il 62901

    (618) 536-2371