Who is Vernita?

Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin (2018-present)

Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin (2010-2018)

Postdoc, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (2006-2010)

Postdoc, University of Edinburgh (2003-2006)


Ph.D. in Physics Harvard University (2003)

B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics Vanderbilt University (1997)

Awards and Honors

fellow on Elizabeth B. Gleeson Professorship in Plan II (Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin) (2023)

Physics fellow, Texas Mindset Initiative, University of Texas, Austin (2023)

fellow on Trull Centennial Professorship in Physics, University of Texas, Austin (2022-2025)

Provost’s Mentored Faculty Fellow, University of Texas, Austin (2022 – 2023)

Provost’s Teaching Fellow, University of Texas, Austin (2020 – 2024)

Teaching Excellence Award, College of Natural Sciences, University of Texas, Austin (2020)

President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award, University of Texas, Austin (2019)

Travel award from Rom Rhome International Professional Development Fund, University of Texas at Austin (2018)

Mitchell Award (2015) to Nalin Ratnayeke for outstanding undergraduate research done under my supervision

Hyer Research Award (2013) from the Texas Section of the American Physical Society.  This award is for best undergraduate research and was given jointly to me and Nalin Ratnayeke.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (2008-2010)

Magna Cum Laude & Honors in Physics, Vanderbilt University(1997)