Sample Resumes

Before you begin your resume, take a look at the common resume mistakes (PDF) and how they were fixed in an improved version. Proofreading is critical!

Sample Science and Mathematics Resumes (all in PDF format):

Summaries and Objectives for Resumes

Summaries are used when you have some experience you particularly want to bring to the attention of an employer. Don’t make claims about your ability to be a “team player”, or other desirable personal traits, without also giving evidence for this clearly in your resume. Otherwise, you’ll just look like you are throwing in buzzwords to pad your resume.

Summary examples:

  • Physiology student with 2 years research experience within gastroenterology laboratory. Strong analytical, problem solving, and people-management skills, as demonstrated in 3 years of managerial work as bakery supervisor while financing my education.
  • Microbiologist with experience in academic research laboratories. Particular expertise with cDNA library construction and screening. Fluent in Spanish and English.
  • Recent graduate with three years of internships in pharmaceutical research labs. Dedicated, innovative team player with a comprehensive background in synthetic organic chemistry.

Objectives are used to clearly indicate what you position you are seeking or your field of interest. If you choose to use an objective, it should be specific enough that the employer can figure out what position you are applying for, even if your cover letter gets lost.

Objectives examples:

  • Research Associate position with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, to assist in protecting wetland communities and water quality management.
  • Laboratory internship in the Behavioral Pharmacology Unit of Abbott Laboratories.
  • Laboratory technician position at Chromo University with opportunity to pursue research in pheromone mating disruption.


When submitting a resume, you want to make sure that your technical skills are clearly displayed.

On their first pass through a pile of resumes submitted online for a position, many recruiters don’t read. Instead they search on keywords for that position or rely on software to filter out resumes.

Recruiters also don’t have time to read for detail, or ponder what you mean.  If the job description asks for someone who can us a pH meter, and it isn’t on your resume, you could be cut out of the competition.

How do you know what skills are important?

Carefully read the job announcement! Looking at these, even if you’re not ready to apply, will help you to keep informed of hot trends and techniques.

For Example, if you are a molecular biology or microbiology student, some sample skills and keywords you might want to highlight are:

  • DNA & RNA purification
  • cDNA library construction/screening
  • DNA & RNA hybridization
  • PCR
  • Cloning
  • Sequencing
  • PCR amplification
  • Northern & Southern blot analysis
  • Thin layer chromatography (TLC)
  • Plasmid DNA procedures
  • Bacterial genetics