Herz Gold Medal

The University of Nevada, Reno named Steven DelaCruz the recipient of the 2015 Herz Gold Medal for outstanding scholarship. DelaCruz’s work has made an impression on a number of University faculty and staff, including Vaidyanathan (Ravi) Subramanian, associate professor of chemical engineering and SOLAR Lab director.

The University of Nevada, Reno was founded in 1874 as the State University of Nevada in Elko, Nev., about 300 miles northeast of its present-day campus in Reno.

About the Program:

The Herz Gold Medal is presented each year during the Spring Commencement ceremony to the graduating senior with the highest grade-point average. The Herz Gold Medal is the University of Nevada, Reno’s oldest and most prestigious award and was established in 1910 when the University was only 36 years old by brothers Richard, Carl and Otto Herz.

Funding for the award is provided by the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation and the Thelma B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation, a Reno-based charity. The foundations continue to honor the Herz family and this tradition of recognizing excellence.

About the Scholarship Holder:

DelaCruz, a native of Nevadan and graduate of Canyon Springs High School’s Leadership and Law Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas. He graduates from the University with a bachelor’s of science degree in chemical engineering and minors in renewable energy, statistics and chemistry.

A member of the University Honors Program, DelaCruz has completed more than 50 credits worth of honors coursework, the most in the University program’s history.




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