Valeria Ortiz Jimenez and Dylan Crann have a lot in common. They’re both majoring in Biomedical Sciences, both graduating this coming May, and both will be beginning Dental School in the fall–Valeria at Harvard University, and Dylan at University of Pennsylvania. They both also had excellent academics while at UMW, as well as great experience beyond the classroom conducting undergraduate research with their faculty mentors, community service, and numerous campus clubs.
Valeria was accepted into six dental schools, ultimately choosing Harvard School of Dental Medicine. At Mary Washington she interned at Synergy Periodontics and Implants as a dental assistant, was a leader in Global Medical Brigades, the Pre-Health Society and New Student Programs (Orientation Leader). She also conducted independent study with Dr. Lynn Lewis.
What drove my interest into dentistry became the focus of my research: the interactions between chemotherapeutic agents and our oral microflora. Every single aspect of my involvements at UMW has led me to where I am today! I am immensely grateful for every single professor that has encouraged and guided me through the last four years.
Dylan was accepted to ten dental schools, and chose the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. While attending UMW, Dylan served as the President of the UMW Pre-Health Society and conducted an independent research project with Dr. Parrish Waters on the effects of social isolation on depression-like symptoms in mice.
I am truly appreciative and grateful for everything and everyone who was a part of my journey at UMW! Therefore, my experiences at UMW have substantially prepared me for the next stage in my life. Looking forward to the future, I strive to be actively involved in research and clinical care to aid in serving communities in need and improve all individuals’ quality of health and access to care.