Conditions for Bowdoin Prizes

The requirements of the competition for the Bowdoin Prizes for dissertations in English, Latin, and Greek are as follows:

For Dissertations in English by Undergraduates.--A first prize of $250 and two second prizes of $100 each are offered. Either or both of the two second prizes may be divided, at the discretion of the committee, between two competitors. The first prize will not be divided.

Essays offered in competition for these prizes may be on any subject approved by the Chairman of the Committee on Bowdoin Prizes as a proper subject for treatment in literary form. Theses that form part of the regular work in an elective course may be offered in competition, with the consent of the instructor in the course, or, subject to such consent, may be rewritten for the prize competition.

For Dissertations in English by Graduates.--Three prizes of $200 each are offered annually for essays of high literary merit belonging to a special field of learning. Any holder of an academic degree in Arts, Literature, Philosophy, or Science, who has been in residence since the beginning of the academic year in any of the graduate schools under the jurisdiction of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, or who has completed a year of residence in any of the above schools within a period beginning not more than two years before Commencement Day of the year of competition, may compete for these prizes.

For the year 1910-11 a prize will be offered in each one of the groups numbered I, II, and III. I. Mathematics, Physics Chemistry, and Engineering. II. Biology, Geology, and Anthropology. III. Ancient Languages and Literature. Not more than one prize is offered for essays belonging to a single group.


Competitors are at liberty to select the subjects of their essays; but the subjects must be approved in advance by the Committee on Bowdoin Prizes.

For Dissertations in Greek and Latin by Undergraduates.--A prize of $50 for a translation into Attic Greek of the passage in Gilbert Murray's "The Rise of the Greek Epic," pp. 48-53, beginning with the words "In this state of weak equilibrium" through the words "of other men's gods."

Another prize of $50 for a translation into Latin of the passage in Phillips Brooks's "On the Purposes of Scholarship" (Essays and Addresses), pp. 269-272, beginning with the words "Judged thus, we cannot believe that the old classical culture can be spared," to the end.

Winners of the prizes will be named on the Commencement Program.

For Dissertations in Latin and Greek by Graduates.--A prize of $100 is offered for an original essay in either Latin or Greek of not less than three thousand words on any subject chosen by the competitor, written by a holder of an academic degree who has been in residence in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for one full year.