Bowdoin Prize Subjects.

We reprint below extracts from the forth coming catalogue relative to the subjects and conditions of the Bowdoin Prize Dissertations:

Nine prizes, from the foundation of James Bowdoin, are offered by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to students resident at the University.

I. Two prizes (one hundred dollars each) for the best dissertations on any of the subjects enumerated in II., III., and IV., or for the best translations of either of the passages proposed for translation into Latin or Greek in III. (b), written by Graduates of any college who are resident at the University as students in the Graduate School, or by members of the Senior Class of 1891-92 in Harvard College.

II. Three prizes (not more than one hundred dollars nor less than fifty dollars each) for the best dissertations on any of the following subjects, written by students of more than one year's standing in any department of the University who have never received an academic degree: -

1. The political conditions of the Reformation in Germany.

2. Macchiavelli as a political philosopher.

3. A critical estimate of Bismarck's foreign policy.

4. The political influence of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

5. Is public ownership and management of Municipal Monopolies advisable?

6. The future of the Southern Negro as a citizen.

7. Von Holst's Constitutional History of the United States.

8. Is there a science of Education?

9. The notion of Unconscious Mental Life in the light of the recent psychological inquiry.

III. (a) One prize (not more than one hundred dollars nor less than fifty dollars) for the best dissertation on any of the following subjects, written by students of more than one year's standing in any department of the University who have never received an academic degree: -

1. Country Life in Ancient Greece.

2. Literary Criticisms at Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries B. C.

3. The Life and Character of Titus Pomponius Atticus.

4. A Criticism of the style of Tacitus.

5. Ancient Roman Villas and the Life in them.

6. Claudius Claudianus and the Pagan Literary Reaction of the 5th century A.D.

(b) One prize (not more than one hundred dollars nor less than fifty dollars) for the best translation of the following passage, written by students of more than one year's standing in any department of the University who have never received an academic degree: -

A translation into Greek of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Part I., last nine paragraphs, beginning, "The talk that they had."

IV. Two prizes (not more than one hundred dollars nor less than fifty dollars each) for the best dissertations on any of the following subjects, written by students of more than one year's standing in any department of the University who have never received an academic degree: -

1. The present state of the art of protecting buildings from lightning.

2. Fermentation.

3. Alternation of generations in plants and animals.

5. The origin of variations in organism.

5. The iron ore deposits of the United States.

6. The natural history of rivers.

Dissertations offered by Seniors of 1891-'92 must be deposited with the Dean of Harvard College on or before Commencement, 1892. All other dissertations for these prizes must be deposited with the Dean of Harvard College on or before the first of November, 1892. On the title-page must be written an assumed name and a statement of the writer's standing. - i.e., whether he is a graduate or an undergraduate; if an undergraduate, to what class he belongs and to what department of the University. Under cover with the dissertation must be sent a sealed letter containing the true name of the writer, and superscribed with his assumed name.

The dissertations must be written upon letter paper of good quality, of the quarto size, with a margin of not less than one inch at the top, at the bottom, and on each side, so that they may be bound up without injury to the writing. The sheets on which the dissertation is written must be securely stitched together.

The dissertations must not contain more than 10,000 words.

The authors of successful dissertations are invited to read them in public at a place and at a time to be designated by the Dean.