Curriculum Vitae
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Sept. 2013 -present
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics & Affiliate Professor of Mathematics, Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA, USA)
Sep. 2011 - Aug. 2013
Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for the Fundamental Laws of Nature, Department of Physics, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA)
Sep. 2008 - Aug. 2011
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA, USA)
Sep. 2008 - Aug. 2009
Visiting Researcher, Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ, USA)

Visiting Positions/Fellowships

Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook University.
Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK.
Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook University.
Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UC Santa Barbara.


Ph.D in Mathematical Physics, University of Oxford
Thesis Advisors:
Philip Candelas (Mathematics) and Andre Lukas (Theoretical Physics)
MSc. in Physics, Utah State University.
Summa Cum Laude
BSc. in Physics, Utah State University.
Summa Cum Laude (4.0 GPA, Ranked first in graduating class)
BSc. in Mathematics, Utah State University.
Summa Cum Laude (4.0 GPA, Ranked first in graduating class)

Significant Awards, Scholarships & Fellowships

Luther and Alice Hamlett Junior Faculty Fellow in the Academy of Integrated Science, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech "Scholar of the Week"
Virginia Tech "Favorite Faculty Award" (Teaching recognition for excellence in introductory level courses).
Royal Society University Research Fellowship (UK) (10 years and £600K of funding). (Declined to accept position at Virginia Tech).
Humbolt Postdoctral Fellowship (DFG Germany), Fermi-McCormick Fellowship (U. Chicago) and NSF International Research Fellowship (Declined to accept position at Harvard).
Apgar Scholarship, Magdalen College, University of Oxford
US National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship
Utah State University "Blue Light Honoree" for exceptional accomplishments.
Rhodes Scholarship
Marshall Scholarship (Declined to accept Rhodes)
Utah State University Valedictorian and Commencement Speaker
College of Science Valedictorian, Utah State University
Golden Key and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Awards.
1st Place Winner, Dirac Centennial Conference Poster Competition
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Research Funding

NSF-PHYS-1720321 (HEP Theory) "String Compactifications: From Geometry to Effective Field Theory," PI. $600,000 ($200,000 LA portion). Co-PIs J. Gray (VT) and E. Sharpe (VT).
NSF-PHYS-479181 (HEP Theory) "String Geometry and Phenomenology," PI. $95,000.
4-VA Competitive Research Funding for a "A Synthesis of Two Approaches to String Phenomenology", Co-PI. Co-PI I. Melnikov (James Madison University), and PI J. Gray (VT), $15,000. Funding to form a "working group" between VT and JMU to host external speakers and several joint meetings between the two universities on the subject of String Phenomenology.
NSF-DMS-603247 (Algebra and Number Theory and Topology and Geometric Analysis) "A Three-Workshop Series on the Mathematics and Physics of F-theory", $50,000 over three years. PI. Co-PIs M. Esole (Northeastern), P. Aluffi (Florida State) and S. T. Yau (Harvard). A workshop grant to host an annual workshop for three years focusing on F-theory with the goal of increasing dialog and collaboration between physicists and mathematicians.
NSF-DMS-1733639 Conference grant for a "Symposium on Challenges at the Interface of String Phenomenology and Geometry." $5,000, (Part of the events of String Phenomenology 2017). PI. Co-PI J. Gray (VT).
NSF-PHYS-1732144 Conference grant to partially support "String Phenomenology 2017" (the 16th international conference in the String Phenomenology Series), $10,000. Co-PI. PI, J. Gray (VT).
DOE-HEP Grant Conference grant to partially support "String Phenomenology 2017" (the 16th international conference in the String Phenomenology Series), $5,000. Co-PI. PI, J. Gray (VT).
NSF GEAR (Geometric Structures and Representation Varieties) Network Grant, $10,000 to host a two-day workshop on "Current trends in Spectral Data II" in 2016. Co-PI L. Schaposnik (U. Illinois, Chicago). This workshop was established in collaboration with the Association for Women in Mathematics to highlight the work of leading young female researchers.
Simons Foundation Workshop Grant One week focused workshop on "New Perspectives on Higgs Bundles, Branes, and Quantization" at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics in 2016. Co-PIs D. Baraglia (U. Adelaide), L. Schaposnik (U. Illinois, Chicago), and V. Shende (UC Berkeley). $35,000 to support 50 participants.
American Institute of Mathematics Workshop Grant One week focused workshop on "Singular Geometry and Higgs Bundles in String Theory". Co-PIs M. Esole (Northeastern) and L. Schaposnik (UIC). $35,000 to support 50 participants.
Oberwolfach Workshop Grant One week focused workshop on the "Physics and Geometry of Hitchin Systems". Co-PIs R. Mazzeo (Stanford), L. Schaposnik (UIC) and T. Hausel (Vienna). $30,000 to support 40 participants.
London Mathematical Society Travel Grant £3000 to undertake research visits and give invited talks in the UK at the Univeristy of Oxford, Imperial College London, and the Univeristy of Surrey.

Teaching Experience

Instructor for undergraduate and graduate level courses in the Department of Physics and the Academy of Integrated Science at Virginia Tech.
Lecturer at the 2018 CERN Winter School on Supergravity, Strings and Gauge Theory (Geneva, Switzerland). One week lecture series on Heterotic Geometry and Effective Theories
Lecturer at the 2017 Theoretical Advanced Studies Institute (TASI) Summer School (University of Colorado, Boulder). One week lecture series on Geometric Tools for String Compactification.
Lecturer at the Cargese Summer School on Quantum Gravity, Cosmology and Particle Physics (Cargese, Corsica). One week lecture series on Calabi-Yau Geometry and String Dualities.
Lecturer at the "Strings to the LHC" Workshop in Puri, India (Sponsored by TIFR and HRI). One week lecture series on Heterotic String Compactifications.
Lecturer at the "Graduate Summer School on String Phenomenology" at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics. One week lecture series on Calabi-Yau Geometry.
Stipendiary Lecturship in Applied Mathematics, Pembroke College, University of Oxford Junior Faculty Position. Responsibilities included teaching all 1st and 2nd year Applied Math and Physics subjects (responsible for 16 subjects, classes and tutorials).
Stipendiary Lecturship in Applied Mathematics, Somerville College, University of Oxford Responsibile for all 2nd-4th year Applied Math and Physics subjects.
Lecturing/Tutorial Positions in Physics and Mathematics At Exeter, Brasenose, St. Edward's, Worcester and Somerville Colleges and Lady Margaret Hall. University of Oxford.
Teaching Assistant, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford Undergraduate and graduate level Quantum Mechanics, General Relativity, Special Relativity and Electromagnetism. Lecturing, Problem Classes, and marking student work.
Private Tutor for students at Eton College Provided review and exam preparation in Mathematics for Eton College pupils.
Faculty Member, the Oxford Tradition Designed and taught an intensive one month, 85 hour summer course in Quantum Physics for talented international high school students. Oxbridge Programs.
Teaching Assistant for Utah State University, Department of Physics.
Responsibilities included lecturing, teaching recitation classes and labratories, marking student work and tutoring

Other Professional Experience

Conference Organizer for conferences in String Theory:
String Vacuum Project Meeting (U. Pennsylvania, 2011), the Bethe Center Workshop on Unification and String Theory (Bonn, 2012). Special Session on Supersymmetry and String Theory, SUSY 2014 (Manchester, 2014), Current trends on spectral data for Higgs Bundles II (Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, 2016), New Perspectives on Higgs Bundles, Branes, and Quantization (Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, 2016), The Physics and Mathematics of F-theory Workshop I (Virginia Tech, 2016), American Physical Society Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (Virginia Tech, 2017), String Phenomenology 2017 (Virginia Tech, 2017), Singular Geometry and Higgs Bundles in String Theory (American Institute of Mathematics, 2017). Bethe Forum on Grand Unification in the Real World (University of Bonn, 2018).
Reviewer for the US National Science Foundation, the FWF Austrian Science Fund, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Programme.
Reviewer/Referee for journals in high energy particle physics, string theory and mathematical physics:
AMS Math. Rev, Can. Jour. of Phys., Phys. Rev. D, JMP, JHEP, Comm. Math. Phys., Adv. High Energy Phys, SciPost, and Galaxies.
Editorial Board Member for Journal of Physics Communications (IoP)
Seminar Organizer For Virginia Tech Department of Physics "Particle Seminar" series.
Seminar Organizer For the "Postdoc Journal Club", Center for the Fundamental Laws of Nature, Harvard University.
Seminar Organizer For the High Energy Theory Seminar, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennyslvania.
Member of the Committee of Selection for the Rhodes Scholarship Invited postion. US Districts 1 & 5.
Member of the National Committee of Selection for the Goldwater Scholarships for Science and Engineering. Invited position.
Class Secretary for the American Association of Rhodes Scholars. Elected position.

Volunteer & Science Outreach Experience

Organizer for the Undergraduate Women in Physics Conference (APS sponsored) at Virginia Tech in 2017.
Volunteer Mentor for the "Women in High Energy Physics" network. International support network for women in particle physics (under represented).
Participant in the "African Scholars Network", providing career/CV advice to African scientists applying for PhD/Postdoctoral/Faculty positions.
Volunteer Mentor for the Virginia Tech Undergraduate Honors Program and the "Ladies of Robeson" Society for Undergraduate Women in Physics.
Volunteer with TheoryNet Boston Science outreach lecturer in public schools in the Boston area.
Participant in the "Researchers in Residence" program. A program of the UK National Research Council that places science researchers in secondary schools for outreach lectures, projects and demonstrations.
United States Delegate World Conference on Physics and Sustainable Development Delegate and presenter at UNESCO funded conference, Durban.
Lecturer in the "Road Scholars" tour An educational outreach tour of Utah Secondary Schools. Delivered talks and lectures in schools on topics in modern physics.
Narrator and co-designer of the Utah State Universtiy College of Science's "Think Science" undergraduate recruitment video.
Organizer and creator of the "Cool Ideas in Science!" workshop A two-day community workshop for students of all ages and their families, providing hands-on exploration of fundamental ideas in science and examples of exciting current research.
Member of the NASA sponsored "Get Away Special" team A student lead program to design and build experimental payloads to be flown on the space shuttle. Designed and programmed the microcomputer system for the experiments as well as the environmental control circuits and data analysis systems. Payload flew on the Space Shuttle Endeavor in 2001.


An up-to-date list can be found in HEP INSPIRE, or by downloading a full version of my CV.