I am a Senior Chemistry Major whose minor is in Biology. I attended Xavier University of Louisiana and then the University of New Orleans. When i was a student at Xavier, i worked as a synthetic organic chemist focusing on cytochrome P450 inhibitors and cancer research. I was also inducted into Phi Lambda Upsilon, which is the Xavier chapter of the National Chemistry Honor Society and requires the applicant to have above a 3.5 G.P.A. in all courses taken for their major and minor. I have participated in research festivals at LSU and the festival of scholars at Xavier. I was at the top of my class my entire college career, and would have my degree if i had not been forced to drop out due to my father becoming terminally ill with pleural mesothelioma. I tried to balance taking care of him and going back to school at UNO to complete obtaining my degree in Chemistry, but somewhere in the middle of my second semester their i had a breakdown and was again forced to withdraw. During this time my wife became pregnant while finishing her degree at McNeese University in Lake Charles, so taking care of her and commuting back and forth from New Orleans to Lake Charles also became a full time job. I am extremely proficient with Microsoft works and the operation of any instruments used for quantitative analysis, such as NMR and GC/MS. I actually took an elective course for instrumental analysis and earned an A. Before i worked for Xavier, i worked as a Lab Technician for a company called Paleo Data where i mainly prepared samples. I have been out of work for almost 3 years now trying to deal with all of the events that i described earlier in this summary. I bring a myriad of skills to the table, am a very fast learner, and have an extreme work ethic. When I was in high school i was in nothing but AP courses and graduated in the National Honor Society. I have also played the violin since the second grade, and was the first musician who was not in high school that was allowed to attend NOCCA. I had planned on returning to UNO after my father passed away on July 24th, 2013, but my once large savings account at this point had become depleted and it was too late to enroll for this semester regardless. Now i am trying to find work that suits my skill and intelligence level.
As I stated in the summary section, I have received awards for my academic accomplishments in Chemistry and Biology and have worked as a synthetic organic chemist for over 3 years. I worked in cancer research at Xavier University and the fine tuning of Iridium catalyzed N-Alkylation reactions at UNO. I am a very hard worker, fast learner, and can operate all instruments used for quantitative analysis. I am also very experienced with writing lab reports, operating excel in an advanced fashion from Physical Chemistry lecture and lab as well as other courses. I worked as a lab technician for a company called Paleo Data in 2006 before i began working as an organic chemist at Xavier. I have always been in the top of my class and taken AP courses.
Worked on optimization of the synthetic conditions for the total synthesis of complex triol precursors via exploration of the effects of specific protective groups on: Hydroboration chemistry, control of regiochemistry, quantitative yields of mono-protected glycerol homologues, ease of deprotection, and final methods of purification.
After optimizing the reaction conditions for the synthesis of the the triol precursors mentioned above, subsequent work involved the application of the Iridium catalyzed N-heterocyclization reaction for the preparation of the amphibian alkaloids pyrrolizidine, indolizidine, and quinolizidine by using the 7, 8, and 9 membered triol-based molecular scaffolds as starting materials, respectively.
This technique was to ultimately to be utilized for the construction of more complex heterocyclic structures by introducing different R-groups to the terminal primary hydroxyl bearing appendages of the triol-based molecular scaffolds, and then proceeding with the Iridium catalyzed N-heterocyclization reaction conditions that were used to synthesize pyrrolizidine, indolizidine, and quinolizidine.
Before i was able to complete these objectives and have results ready for publication, i was forced to drop out of school mid-semester from the stress of caring for my new-born daughter and, mainly due to the psychological effects resulting from, having to take care of my father during the final stages of his pleural mesothelioma all the way up to his death since he refused to receive Hospice care and my mother could not take care of him instead since she did not have any remaining sick time available to use or she would have lost her job as a psychiatric R.N. at EJGH.
After taking a break from school to try and cope with these traumatic events leading up to and following my fathers death, i finally began to feel ready to return to school and finish my work but was unable to do so this semester since i missed the deadline to enroll as a result of helping my mother move from the house that we had lived in for the previous 8 years and from depleting all of my savings from over the years helping my mother financially as well as the expenses associated with supporting my wife and daughter.
Since i cannot return to work at UNO until the summertime, and i no longer have the financial means/security to allow me to simply wait until that time, i feel that i need to find a job that suits, appreciates, and/or recognizes my academic achievements, educational background, myriad of skill sets/abilities, experience, and German work ethic so that i can begin to accrue a paycheck again while also enjoying the work and environment of the job/position that i find myself in.
Employed chromatography, spectroscopy and spectrophotometry techniques.
Improved formulas and processes to increase efficiency.
Conducted both qualitative and quantitative analysis.
Issued detailed reports and summarized findings to superiors.
Drafted reports on all test and research results.
Wrote technical papers and reports.
Conferred with scientists and engineers on conducting analysis of research projects.
Trained junior chemists on instrumental analysis.
Presented research findings at LSU and Xavier's festival of scholars.
Utilized various programs such as ChemDraw and Microsoft Works on a regular basis.
Received awards for academic achievements.
Performed multi-step organic reactions for the synthesis of cinnamic acid derivatives which were to be tested as cytochrome P450 inhibitors for enzymes that are critical in the propagation of initiated cancer cells associated with prostate and lung cancer.
Prepared samples of fossils from shale samples collected by offshore oil rigs at different depths for subsequent examination and analysis by Paleontologist.
Top 85-95 % of class.
Minor in Biology.
Recipient of 2 Scholarships.
Inducted into Phi Lambda Upsilon for having above a 3.5 G.P.A. in all of my chemistry and biology courses.
Worked as an organic chemist focusing on cancer research. Only 3 people were allowed to work in this lab, myself being one of those 3 students, based on their academic achievements and potential.
Represented Xavier by presenting research at LSU's statewide research competition, and have participated in Xavier's festival of scholars presenting my research accomplishments.
Intended on continuing my education in Pharmacology under Dr. Charles Nichols at the LSU school of medical sciences in New Orleans for graduate school.
All of my free electives were advanced chemistry and biology courses, such as toxicology, medicinal chemistry, microbiology, and instrumental analysis for example. I received all A's and one B in my advanced elective courses.
I worked in the laboratory and took courses year round. I would use the summers to retake courses that i wanted to earn a higher grade in, take required courses that were notoriously difficult such as Physics, and to stay mentally sharp and continue to hone my skills as a synthetic organic chemist.
Training programs that i have attended were required seminars for research students. They included annual seminars in laboratory safety, weekly seminars presented by different research groups on their progress and methods, weekly detailed seminars presented by guest speakers and Xavier faculty explaining their current work, future goals, theory, and accomplishments, and monthly seminars presented by each student researcher (including myself) who is a graduating senior which is graded by the faculty on the students presentation of their work over the years, academic theory behind research, detailed mechanisms of reactions performed using ChemDraw, supporting data of their progress/findings in the form of such things as: % yield, GC/MS, and/or NMR spectra, and the students overall ability to create a power point presentation that incorporates all of these different facets in a professional seminar format while also being able to explain/articulate everything in front of the entire department without getting nervous and/or making a mistake.
I have attended, taken courses, and trained other students on the proper use of instrumental analysis and the correct methods of sample preparation for the elucidation of chemical compounds within samples of interest.
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