To recognize student participation and promote excellence in the field of paleoceanography, the 6th International Conference on Paleoceanography (ICP6) Scientific Committee, with the support of the IMAGES project, gave awards to the best presentations by students at the recent conference held in Lisbon, Portugal, August 23–28,1998. The student papers, like almost all of the presentations at ICP6 and typical for these conferences, were presented in poster format. Student posters, and the associated printed abstracts, were evaluated by the Scientific Committee members, the poster session chairs, and the chairs of the affiliated oral sessions. The selected students each received a signed award certificate, an EXP0′98 trophy, and 1-year complimentary subscriptions to Nature and Paleoceanography through the generosity of Nature and AGU, respectively. In light of the high-quality work presented, ten outstanding student papers were selected.