AANA Foundation Student Page

​Welcome, students! This page is dedicated to your needs and interests as you continue your training to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Please feel free to send any suggestions for the page to aanafoundationstudentrep@gmail.com.

 Foundation Board Student Trustee


Kathryn Cowap has been selected as the 2015-2017 student representative on the AANA Foundation Board of Trustees. Kathryn earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Central Florida where she was introduced to critical care nursing. Upon graduation, she was accepted into the Critical Care and Trauma Nurse Internship at Parkland Hospital in Texas.  She underwent extensive classes in caring for the critically ill, and found her true passion in the ...  (see more)

 Student Spotlight


Meet Kyle Martinez! At the base of Lake Tahoe, Nevada, lies the small, rural town of Gardnerville, a close-knit farming community. Kyle Martinez was raised in this small town, and was greatly influenced by the sense of community that existed in Gardnerville. Growing up, Kyle was very involved in volunteering and community outreach. It was only natural that Kyle would pursue an education that would allow him to continue to be a role model and positive agent of change within his community and chosen profession... (see more)

We are proud that SRNAs actively participate in the greater AANA community and have featured many talented students in the AANA NewsBulletin. Click on the links below to access past articles highlighting the following individuals:

 Program and Other Opportunities for Students

We encourage you to apply for scholarships and poster sessions as a student, and take advantage of our competitive grant and fellowship program once you graduate. Below are important deadlines to keep in mind: 
  • Scholarship Applications: FY16 application is now closed.
  • Oral Poster Presentation Applications: FY16 application is now closed.
  • General Poster Presentation Applications: FY16 application is now closed.
Foundation Board Student Trustee Application Deadline: Closed

Applications for the Student Trustee for the Foundation's Board of Trustees are currently closed.

Foundation Student Advocate Application Deadline: Open where available

The Student Advocate Pilot Program successfully kicked off in FY15. These students are our current student advocates representing various anesthesia programs:

Blake Bauman, Texas Christian University

John Berger, Duke University

Jose Bonilla-Garcia, University of Puerto Rico

Cara Betts Buchanan, University of Buffalo

Marissa del Rosario, Rush University

Stephen Finder, University of Tennessee

Erin Galligan, University of Arizone

Nicole Irick, Thomas Jefferson University

Jackie Klinkner, Minneapolis School of Anesthesia

Christina Kloepping, Rosalind Franklin University

Jeremy Manuel, Barry University

Desiree Mauppins, Missouri State University

Maggie Meyers, Georgetown University

Nicole Que, University of Southern California

Hannah Secunda, Medical University of South Carolina

Jillian Smith, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Audrey Sonin, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Elise Welke, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota 

John Woods, University of Alabama, Birmingham   


We are expanding the program in FY16 with a goal to have one Student Advocate per state. Click here to learn more about the program.

Click here to access the application.



​Congratulations to our 2016 scholarship winners! Check out this list of this year's winners and consider applying in the future.   
Congratulations to the two students who were selected as contest winners in this year's 2015 Poster Session: 1LT(P) Donald P. Vallier and Radhika Patel. Click the images below to read each winner's abstract: 

 Upcoming Events


Whether you're interested in presenting your poster to your colleagues or singing your heart out in front of a live audience to help the Foundation raise funds, we have you covered. Attending our events is a great way to meet other SRNAs and get more involved. Please consider joining us:

  • Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress (formerly known as the Annual Meeting)
    • September 9-13, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
  • See all future events.

Students in Action
We love to see SRNAs having fun and in action at work and AANA meetings. Talented students participated in last year's Foundation Fundraiser, Orlando – The Stars Come Out Again. Click below to watch Daniel Butts, Anagh Chohan, and Ginny Ondik show off their talents.

 Former Foundation Board Student Trustees


The AANA Foundation Student Trustee position is funded by the Resa Culpepper Fund. Culpepper was a former program director, trustee and chair who had a passion for education and helping students.

Chris Reed, Student Trustee 2013 - 2015
Monica Masemer, Student Trustee 2011 - 2013


 About the AANA Foundation


The AANA Foundation's mission is to advance the science of anesthesia through education and research. Due to the generous financial support of our donors, the Foundation provides a variety of initiatives and events to SRNAs and CRNAs in addition to offering workshops attended by hundreds of individuals. Click here to read more about our history and accomplishments.
Proof is Power
Research by SRNAs and CRNAs has been funded by the AANA Foundation, as well as private and governmental grants. Movement of nurse anesthesia educational programs into graduate educational frameworks has allowed students to graduate with the skills necessary for undertaking research and advancing the science of anesthesia. To see the top studies funded by the Foundation, click here.
Annual Giving
The Foundation operates thanks to the generosity of students and CRNAs. Check out our Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report for a summary of program recipients and generous donors. You can click on the infographic to the left to see the Foundation's accomplishments for FY15.
If you're interested in making a donation check out the ways you can give.

 Proof is Power Campaign

Support Nurse Anesthesia Education and Research
AANA Foundation
222 S. Prospect Ave.
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Lorraine Jordan
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