Sean Michael Ragan

That good-looking reaction is a Claisen condensation.


13004 S. Madrone Trl.

Austin, TX 78737



Last Updated 2008-05-15

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            To work in a creatively open, intellectually challenging, and friendly scientific atmosphere in either an academic or industrial setting.  


Academic Background


            University of Texas at Austin, August 2002 – Presejt

-         Master of Science Program, Chemistry, September 2005 – Present

-          Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, 3.70 GPA, May 2005

            University of Texas at Austin, August 1996 – December 1999

-         Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy

-         History Minor

-         3.77 GPA

            University of Texas at Dallas, August 1994 – August 1996

-         Cognitive Science Major

-         3.68 GPA

-         Full Scholarship


Research Experience


            Research Associate, Eric V. Anslyn, UT, January 2006 – January 2008

-         Conducting original research into the use of substituted hydrazine arrays for urinalytic detection of idiosyncratic drug response.

-         Maintaining anhydrous solvent delivery system and group PC network.

            Research Assistant, Stephen F. Martin, UT, May 2004 – January 2005

-         Assisted in the development of methods for conjugate addition to α,β-unsaturated lactams and the exploitation of these methods for natural product synthesis. 

-         Worked under graduate student Martin Petterson on improvements to the total synthesis of Rynchophylline. 

            Research Assistant, David VandenBout, UT, March 2003 – February 2004     

-         Assisted in research intended to directly measure the photobleaching rate of Rhodamine 6G. 

-         Wrote Standard Operating Procedures for 9 laboratory lasers in accordance with university and state safety regulations.

-         Compiled exhaustive laboratory chemical inventory.

Clarke Research Fellow, University of Texas at Dallas, Summer 1994 & 1995

-         Worked under Dr. Richard Golden in UTD’s department of Cognitive Science.  At the time, Dr. Golden’s work concerned modeling text comprehension and recall behaviors in children.

-         Assisted in debugging user interface for Dr. Golden’s DIGRAPH and MAKEDIG software packages, tools intended for use by researchers interested in generating directed-graph models of text features.

-         Authored draft of user’s manual for MAKEDIG and DIGRAPH software packages. 

-         Participated in graduate- and post-graduate-level Text Comprehension Models Seminar conducted by Dr. Golden, and presented a 1980 paper on prose readability to Dr. Golden and his students.

-         Assisted Ms. Rebecca Horn, one of Dr. Golden’s doctoral students, in the administration of her research into text-recall patterns in college students.

-         Designed visual presentation of DIGRAPH software operating process for use by Dr. Golden at the 1995 convention of the Society for Text and Discourse. 

-         Co-authored talk delivered by Dr. Golden at the 1995 annual convention of the Society for Text and Discourse.

-         Received formal acknowledgment in Dr. Golden’s 1997 paper “Causal network analysis validation using synthetic recall protocols, published in Behavior Research, Methods, Instruments, & Computers.




            HTML/Web design

            2D & 3D Network Modeling

            ChemDraw, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator

            Patent Application Research and Preparation

            Reading proficiency in Spanish.

            Bench synthesis under inert atmosphere/anhydrous conditions. 

            NMR/IR/MS/GC/HPLC interpretation 



Awards & Honors


                Pfizer Global Research and Development Award, Fall 2004 & Spring 2005

                University Co-operative Society Undergraduate Research Fellowship Award, 2004-2005

            Summer Undergraduate Research Stipend, Summer 2004

                Adele Steiner Burleson Writing Competition, UT Austin English Department

-         3rd Prize for Essay, Spring 2003, “A Utilitarian Considers War.”

-         1t Prize for Nonfiction, Spring 1999.  “The Ephemeralization of Educational Objectives by the Info-structure.”

-         3rd Prize for Criticism, Spring 1999.  “Undoing Ourselves.”

-         3rd Prize for Fiction, Spring 1999.  “The Initiation of The Navigator.”

-         1st Prize for Nonfiction, Spring 1997.  “Writing as a Psychedelic Experience.”

Quoted, The Wall Street Journal, October 17, 2003, p. W1, “The Low Life.”




            Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Austin, September 2005 – January 2008

-         Taught, supervised, and/or graded in 5 distinct lab and lecture courses in physical and organic chemistry.

-         Employment was per-semester, intersticed with “research only” semesters during which I was paid by Dr. Anslyn.            

            Property Manager, Arend Real Estate,  February 2002 - June 2002

-         Collected rents, served notices, scheduled maintenance, and kept books for approximately 30 commercial and residential rental properties in the Austin area.

-         Also assisted in preparation and filing of various legal pleadings pursuant to divorce and child custody proceedings for owner’s small family law practice. 

            Events Manager, BookPeople, Inc.,  April 2001 - February 2002

-         Worked with press agents to schedule various author in-store appearances. 

-         Maintained events calendar for store newsletter and webpage. 

-         Administered and emceed in-store author appearances.      

            Consultant, UT Undergraduate Writing Center, June 1997 – December 1999

-         Provided assistance to UT Austin undergraduate students from all departments with any phase of the writing process, from brainstorming to proofreading.

-         Helped to maintain an electronic database of student and consultation information for use in pedagogical research.

-          Communicated with course instructors about students’ progress