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Jaclyn Wertheimer '02, a biology major from East Windsor, N.J., recently received her acceptance to the University of Pennsylvania's School of Dental Medicine. She will enroll in the program this fall.

Wertheimer credits her preparation for dental school and the “real world” to the strong and diverse educational opportunities afforded to her by Lafayette.

“The demanding and challenging science curriculum has helped to prepare me for the rigorous academic environment of dental school,” says Wertheimer. “Lafayette provided an environment that fosters critical thinking, but also encourages its students to get involved in the community, which has prepared me for life after Lafayette and beyond.”

Wertheimer feels that Lafayette's biggest strength, and the reason she received such a well-rounded education, is its small size.

“Since there are no graduate students, a small school like Lafayette has provided me with many opportunities that would have been reserved for graduate students at large universities,” she explains. “I have been able to develop close relationships with my professors because of the small class size, as well get involved in many extra-curricular activities because they are so accessible.”

Last semester, Wertheimer completed an independent study in molecular biology with Laurie Caslake, assistant professor of biology. She was a general biology teaching assistant for five semesters, and during her sophomore year, she participated in an externship with William Bohrod, D.M.D. She also served as a bacteriology and mycology teaching assistant for one semester. For all four years, she has been a Boys' and Girls' Club tutor, an America Reads Tutor, and a member of the Hillel Society and the Pre-Health Professions Society.

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