PhD student Austin Boles, who is working with Professor Ben van der Pluijm, was selected as the recipient of the Stephen Laubach Award for 2015 by the Geological Society of America. The Chair of the Sedimentary Geology Division commented that "...It was a very competitive pool, and for the first time the committee decided to also give out an honorable mention as well since the applications were so strong and we want to encourage students." Austin's recognition for this prestigious award is a testament to his scholarly excellence, which is clearly recognized by the geological community.  The award ceremony will be held at the annual GSA meeting in Baltimore, MD on Tuesday November 3 from 6-8pm in room 307 of the Baltimore Convention Center.