Professor Jawalkar received a B.S. degree in Physics from Truman State University in 2006. In 2012, she received a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics from the College of William and Mary, where she studied proton spin structure using a 6 GeV electron beam and a cryogenic ammonia target to measure semi-inclusive asymmetries at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Virginia. After graduate school, she spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher with the medium Energy Physics Group at Duke University where she led experimental research that polarized Helium-3 in a solenoid magnet to study neutron spin structure. Professor Jawalkar currently uses nuclear structure research to study applications in medical physics and detonation forensics.
Professor Jawalkar has been a Director on the User’s Board at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, an “Adopt-a-Physicist” career mentor, and led several outreach initiatives to promote science literacy. While teaching a project-based nuclear physics course in the Upward Bound program at UC Berkeley she implemented best practices in instruction for first generation students.
Prior to SCU, she taught Physics at Duke University and Saint Mary’s College of California.