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Rhetoric Society of America ...Outstanding Student Chapter Award Announcement

Deadline: April 15, 2016

Outstanding Student Chapter Award Announcement

Rhetoric Society of America

Deadline: April 15, 2016

This is a reminder that the Rhetoric Society of America invites graduate student chapters to nomination themselves for the Outstanding Student Chapter Award. This award was designed to recognize and honor the student chapter members of RSA for their continued dedication to collaborating and promoting rhetoric-related events and to increase the visibility of RSA student chapters. Along with distinguishing one specific chapter, this award seeks to encourage other student chapters to emulate the unique and productive activities successful chapters employ. The Outstanding Graduate Student Chapter Award recognizes the most creative, engage student chapter based on chapter activities, meetings, etc. and comes with a prize of $500. The Award will be announced at the conference in Atlanta, Georgia this May.

Criteria for selection: We will pay close attention to chapters that demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Activities that bridge disciplines and connect graduate students across departments
  • Activities that may be duplicated at other institutions
  • Creative activities that expand the influence of student chapters
  • Activities that increase the visibility and reflect the interests of RSA
  • Chapters that highlight “best practices” for student chapters, activities, and planning

Procedure for submission: Student chapters who wish to be considered for the Outstanding Graduate Student Chapter Award must submit the following materials (for up to 2 years):

  • A table of membership including faculty advisor(s) and graduate student members with their year and department affiliation(s)
  • An annotated list of student chapter events. This list may include business meetings, guest speaker events, social events, panel planning meetings, participation in the RSA webinar or previous Student Chapter Award events, and so on. Annotations may include descriptions of events, attendance, budget information, and so on.
  • Any materials that substantiate events as flyers, brochures, websites, recordings, and so on.
  • A 500-word maximum rationale highlighting the student chapter’s achievements.

Submissions should be emailed to by April 15, 2016. Notification will be send to the person whose email account submitted the chapter proposal. A public announcement will be made at the RSA 2016 conference in Atlanta, GA.

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