The Gerard 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),
- 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 receive a free registration for the
conference, a cash prize, and an acknowledgement during a public presentation at the conference luncheon.
2016 Scholarship Recipients
Marissa Lowe Wallace, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Evangelizing the Individual: How "Social Concern" Debate Defined Evangelicalism
Matthew Houdek, University of Iowa
The Rhetorical Force of "Global Archival Memory": (Re)Situating Archives Along the Global Memoryscape
Marnie Ritchie, University of Texas at Austin
Cliché Clusters: Melodrama and the Rhetoric of 9/11 Refrains
Dan Ehrenfeld, University of Massachusetts Amherst
The Circulation of Rhetoric and the Question of Change: Networks, Systems, and Ecologies on an Historical Timescale
2014 Scholarship Recipients
Jenna Hanchey, University of Texas at Austin
A Play in Two Dimensions: Swahili Youth Magazines and Hadithi za Picha
Katie Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
From Mob Violence to Violence against Women: Lynching Appropriation and the Case of PUMA
Pamela Saunders, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
Disabling Counterpublics: Examining Competing Discourses of Autism Advocacy in the Public Sphere
2012 Scholarship Recipients
Michaela Frischherz, The University of Iowa
"Not Gay Enough: Performing Identifications in U.S. Asylum Law"
Brook Irving, University of Iowa
"Visualizing Blight: ‘The Ruins of Detroit’ and the Instability of the Apocalypse"
Michael Rancourt, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
"The Ego Function of Oppositional Rhetoric Online"
2010 Scholarship Recipients
Jennifer A. Keohane, University of Wisconsin - Madison
“In the Bonds of Woman and the Slave”: Analogy and Collective Identity in Woman’s Rights Discourse
Rebecca A. Kuehl, University of Minnesota
(Re)Contextualizing Social Rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Toward a Feminist Theory of Global Citizenship
Kyle Andrew Schlett, University of Mississippi
Eiromenê and Katestrammenê: A Re-evaluation of Aristotle’s Opposing Styles
Sarah Spring, University of Iowa
Publicity and Proposition Eight: The Case of Eightmaps.com