Alex Jurgens ’15

alex-jurgensAlex Jurgens ’15 has spent her time at Marietta College pursuing her passion for solving equations.

As a double major in Physics and Mathematics, Jurgens has enjoyed solving the complex problems presented to her through her coursework.

“I like math. I know that’s not normal — most people don’t like it,” Jurgens says. “I just love doing equations, and I’m not so much into the hands-on things.”

Her grandmother, a Marietta College alumna, encouraged Jurgens, a native of Walnut Creek, Calif., to apply to the school. She was attracted to Marietta College by the opportunity to earn scholarship money through the Pioneer Scholars Competition and by the idea of moving somewhere different from her California home.

At Marietta, Jurgens has enjoyed working closely with her physics professors and developing the close relationships that result from studying in a small academic department.

“We have four physics professors, and it’s nice because there are roughly four physics majors in each incoming class, so that’s practically one-to-one ratio,” Jurgens says. “I know physics majors from across the country from going to conferences, and they’ll always be so stressed out about talking to their professors or asking for recommendation letters. I’ve never had to deal with that.”

Jurgens has translated her success in the physics classroom to impressive research experiences. During the summer of 2013, Jurgens worked as a research fellow at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) National Accelerator Laboratory, operated by the U.S. Department of Energy. While there, Jurgens worked with Stanford University faculty and staff scientists on the laboratory’s ultrafast laser.

This summer, Jurgens will journey to Paris, France, to conduct research at an optical laboratory. After completing her undergraduate education, she hopes to return to California to attend graduate school in either computational or theoretical physics in the pursuit of a doctoral degree.

Dr. John Tynan, Associate Professor of Mathematics, says Jurgens is a pleasure to have in class.

“Alex is very engaging in the classroom and shows a good combination of knowledge and interest in her work,” he says.