The Gerard A. Hauser Award is a national award that is presented to an outstanding graduate student paper at the biennial RSA conference to recognize the best essay by a graduate student delivered at the conference. A graduate student may submit no more than one essay for consideration for this award at an RSA conference.

The following criteria are used in the selection of the submissions:

  • significance to rhetorical studies (historical, critical, theoretical,and/or pedagogical),
  • originality,
  • quality of research design and execution,
  • ample engagement with germane primary and secondary sources,
  • a clear and engaging prose style.

Recipients of the Hauser Award are expected to present their award-winning papers at the Conference to which it was submitted.  Recipients receive a free registration for the conference, a cash prize, and an acknowledgement during a public presentation of the award. 

Recipients