December 7th, 2017, marked the day that the first cohort of MSc Geochemistry students graduated from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of St Andrews. It was fantastic to see the graduates returning with their families and friends to celebrate their achievements, on a crisp, bright winter’s day in East Fife. Amongst those graduating were the recipients of the two inaugural MSc Geochemistry Prizes: Laura Crick was awarded the Geochemistry Dissertation Prize for her research into constraining environmental conditions during the end-Permian mass extinction, working with Aubrey Zerkle and Colin Mettam; Andrew McIntyre won the Geochemistry Prize for achieving the overall highest mark in his studies, including completing a successful research project applying novel stable isotope proxies to ocean anoxia in the Triassic, working with James Rae and Rosie Greenop. Both Andrew and Laura, as well a number of other graduates, have gone on to start PhD studies at various institutes across the UK. Paul Savage, who is the course coordinator for the MSc, was there to award the prizes and says, “I couldn’t have asked for a better cohort of students to work with on the first year of the MSc…it’s wonderful to see them going on to bigger and better things. I wish them all huge success.” The MSc in Geochemistry is now running in its 2nd year, and is currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 intake (https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/earth-environmental-sciences/geochemistry-msc/).