The awarding of the Langmuir prize for research to Dr. Oscar K. Rice, Instructor in chemistry, is an eminently fitting recognition of his work in machanics and in the application of physics to chemistry. He has already secured a high place among scholars in his department, and his pleasing personality has enabled him to impart his discoveries to students with unusual success.

In establishing a prize for the most promising chemist under thirty years of age, the American Chemical Society has done more than merely provide another award. It has encouraged research by recognizing promise rather than by merely honoring completed achievement. Most awards made by learned societies have been designed to add laurels to men who are already burdened with them and who have for the most part completed their work. In giving an award to young men according to their promise the Chemical Society gives encouragement where it is most needed and where it can do the most good in promoting scientific research.