The Cochrane Medal of Excellence was awarded to Starfleet officers and cadets, by the Zefram Cochrane Institute for Advanced Theoretical Physics, who performed outstanding feats in various areas. The official document that accompanied this medal was signed by the institute's director and Starfleet's head of staff. The award was named for Zefram Cochrane.
Before he was assigned to the USS Voyager, Harry Kim, as an undergraduate student at Starfleet Academy, received one of these medals for his contributions to warp theory on stardate 47302.5. These contributions proved useful for the development of tertiary field projection equations in the tetryon warp coil simulation programming. (VOY: "Non Sequitur")