| Student of the State
Recent IR grad recalls internship at U.S. embassy in Bern
Once the FBI showed up in her neighborhood, Jaclyn Stewart (’07) knew she was getting into something bigger than her typical Webster coursework.
As the then-junior had applied for a State Department internship, the federal agents needed to ask her neighbors about her, check into her background, and make sure she was eligible for a U.S. embassy security clearance.
With nothing to hide, Stewart was cleared to take the eight-week internship as a public diplomacy intern at the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland. The 2006 internship also counted as credit toward her integrated B.A./M.A. in International Relations from Webster, which she completed in May 2007.
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Dean Eckhoff joined Webster’s biological sciences department in summer 2007 after teaching physics and biophysics at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.
How did you get interested in physics?
I think it is a combination of my love for nature and simplicity that ultimately led me to study physics, though it took me quite some time to figure that out. That may sound like a contradiction, given that physics is supposedly hard instead of simple, but really physics is all about describing something that is complex using the simplest possible ways we can imagine.