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RSA - Upcoming Opportunities for Graduate Student Chapters

Upcoming Opportunities for Graduate Student Chapters

This bulletin is to inform graduate student members of two upcoming opportunities for graduate student chapters: the Annual Graduate Student Webinar Award and the Outstanding Student Chapter Award. Please find information on each of these opportunities below.

Annual Graduate Student Webinar Award

Call for Proposals

Deadline: February 20, 2016

The Rhetoric Society of America calls for innovative proposals for the fifth annual graduate student webinar, an event designed to be accessible and beneficial to student members of RSA.

The webinar should focus on a topic of scholarly interest or professional development of interest primarily to graduate student members. A principal consideration in selecting a webinar proposal will be the extent to which the topic invites wide interest and bridges institutional affiliations (i.e. English and Communication). The webinar should ideally seek to incorporate an interactive forum for participants, regardless of its specific format (e.g. scholarly talk, panel discussion, roundtable).

Webinar proposals should be submitted online no later than February 20, 2016.  Proposals must include a principal contact person, a rationale for the webinar (500 words or fewer), and a description of the technology that will be used. Submissions may also choose to include an event budget (webinar funding is available up to $500). You may submit your proposal HERE.

Selected proposals will be notified by February 28, 2016. Questions may be directed to Katherine Lind and Sarah Frank at

Outstanding Graduate Student Chapter

Call for Self-Nominations

Deadline: April 15, 2016

The Rhetoric Society of America calls for self-nominations for the Outstanding Graduate Student Chapter Award. This award was designed to recognize and honor RSA Student Chapters for their continued dedication to promoting rhetoric-related events and to increasing the visibility of RSA student chapters. The Outstanding Graduate Student Chapter Award recognizes the most creative, engaged student chapter. A prize of $500 will accompany the award. Awards are granted annually and announced at the Biennial Conference and during the Summer Institute.

Criteria for selection: Competitive proposals will demonstrate that the graduate student chapter have met at least the following criteria:

  • Has hosted or participated in interdisciplinary events that connect graduate students across departments
  • Has designed and hosted events and activities that may be successfully duplicated at other institutions
  • Has acted to expand the visibility and influence of RSA student chapters within the organization
  • Has hosted or participated in events and activities that increase the visibility of RSA and reflect the interests of the organization

For more information about award criteria and procedures for submission, please see the Outstanding Student Chapter Award page on the Rhetoric Society of America site. Submissions should be emailed to by April 15, 2016.

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