Medals received during school and colleges are the hardest earned and respected medals in the life of an individual. There is immense competition among students to gain academic as well sporting excellence. It a great honor for students to be awarded a medal for academic achievements or excellence in sports.
Academic Medals are not only awarded to school and college students but are given to those who excel in science and technology, engineering, medical sciences and other academic fields. Many people receive medals from the state government or are honored by national governments for breakthrough inventions they have made. The Dannie Heinemann Prize for Mathematical Physics is an important academic medal, as is the American Physical Society award presented by the American Institute of Physics, which is for outstanding lifetime contributions to humankind. Gibbs Brothers Medal — Naval architecture, Marine engineering is awarded by the National Academy of Sciences.
NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement is given by NASA for those who have shown extraordinary academic excellence. The National Medal of Science is considered a very prestigious medal that is given by President of United States on recommendation of the National Science Foundation. It is awarded to scientists and engineers in behavioral and social sciences, biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics.
Academic Medals contribute significantly to the portfolio of an individual just like a star on uniforms of law enforcers. Readymade medals are available in gold, silver, and bronze. The price for each medal is around $2.50; that includes a red, white, and blue neck ribbon. Other colors are available as well but at an additional charge. Universities require a large number of academic medals. They award medals to candidates who have qualified for a bachelor degree with first class honors. Those who have attained a Grade Point Average of no less than 4.5* in all but their first year of study are also eligible to receive an academic medal.