Mr. Cardoso was nominated by Tania Cano, Davies '16, and University of Rochester '20 graduate. (B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering) The University of Rochester's Singer Family Prize offers graduating seniors a chance to look back and honor the high school teachers who made a difference in their lives. Recipients of the award receive $3,000, a plaque, and $2,500 for their school.
Ms. Cano stated in her nomination, “When I arrived at my high school, I thought I already had my future planned out. I would choose the Health Careers program, graduate high school, and apply to Tufts University for its veterinary program. I couldn’t have been more wrong. In Mr. Cardoso’s class, I was one of only four female students out of a class of about 30. Women in engineering, especially Hispanic women, are among the least represented in engineering. Yet I never once felt like I didn’t belong in an engineering field because of my gender and ethnicity. Mr. Cardoso encouraged us to pursue engineering and four-year colleges and to join the robotics club that he ran. This club actually helped me receive a scholarship, and I’m almost positive that without it I probably would not have been able to attend this University. I don’t think I have ever expressed my gratitude, but I am thankful to have had him as a teacher."
Congratulations to Mr. Cardoso and congratulations to Tania Cano on acquiring her Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering.