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Cabrera Rodas Finalist for UW’s Top Graduate Honor

May 12, 2017
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José Andrés Cabrera Rodas

José Andrés Cabrera Rodas, of Guatemala, was among seven finalists for the 2017 Tobin Memorial Award as the University of Wyoming’s outstanding graduating man.

The annual award is based on academic excellence and achievement, service to the university, participation and leadership in the community and campus activities, and citizenship qualities.

Anthony Farmer, of Cheyenne, received the Tobin Award, while Sarah Maze, of Ranchester, was named the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award recipient as the outstanding graduating woman during a recent ceremony honoring all the nominees.

Cabrera Rodas will graduate with a degree in chemical engineering. He also will graduate with minors in chemistry and the Honors Program.

The Central America native says he is honored that UW gave him the opportunity to be part of an outstanding group of graduating students.

“My role as a resident assistant has shown me that leading is not an easy task,” Cabrera Rodas says. “Thankfully, I have grown into the position and now consider myself a leader driven by love and hard work.”

A nominator notes Cabrera Rodas’s hard work and motivation through projects and leadership.

“José shows his hard work and motivation through his projects,” the nominator says. “Not only did I believe the project wouldn’t have been a success without his leadership, I am quite certain that it wouldn’t have even been possible. José has wonderful involvement in community service and leadership experience.”

One of Cabrera Rodas’s professors recognizes his willingness and desire to always learn and become involved.

“José is amazing. He grabs every chance that he can find to improve his skills and understanding of his field of study. He serves others and seeks opportunities to be involved in his community,” the nominator says. “Every interaction I have had with him has been thoughtful, well-spoken and friendly. José has strong commitment to gain research experience and equips himself with tools crucial for his success. I have the impression that he is one of the most thoughtful and organized students I have ever had.”

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