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Charles De Mets, a graduate student at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., is the first recipient of the AGU Geodesy Section's Best Student Paper Award, presented at the AGU Fall Meeting. The award was for his paper on the NUVEL-1 relative plate motion model. This new model includes large amounts of geological data obtained in the last decade. NUVEL-1 also incorporates modifications to the positions of some plate boundaries that are indicated in previous relative models. The comparison of this model with measurements of contemporary plate motion obtained from space techniques will be vital for the study of plate driving mechanisms, the rheology of the mantle, and the stability of geologic processes. The presentation and content of the paper were excellent. De Mets received his B.A. in Geology from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis., in 1982 and his M.S. from Northwestern University in 1984. He expects to complete his Ph.D. work in 1987.