About the Nevada Medal

The Nevada MedalRecognizing outstanding scientific, engineering & technical achievement

The Nevada Medal was established by the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in 1988 to acknowledge outstanding achievement in science and engineering. Since then, DRI has honored individuals whose prominent research contributions have ranged from mapping the human genome and explaining protein folding to discovering ancient hydrothermal vents in the Galapagos and advancing our knowledge of archaeological discoveries across the globe. 

The Nevada Medal is the highest scientific honor in the state. It is bestowed annually at formal dinner presentations in Las Vegas and Reno. 

The annual award includes an eight-ounce minted medallion of .999 pure Nevada silver and $20,000 lecture honorarium.

The award is formally presented by the Governor of Nevada during dinner ceremonies in Reno and Las Vegas attended by Nevada's business, educational and governmental leaders.