Education Opportunities for Students

Student Writing Contest

Submissions are now being accepted for the annual Student Writing Contest. The submission deadline is April 20th.

Students are invited to submit an essay of no more than 1500 words, including references, on a topic pertinent to education, professional practice and development, wellness, healthcare, or health policy. Potential essay topics include, but are not limited to: leadership; case reports; health policy; professional development; quality improvement; student wellness; diversity; interprofessional collaboration; community service; work-life balance; simulation; innovative use of technology in education; ethics; and generational issues. Citations must follow the AMA format.

The Education Committee selects the winner, who is recognized during the Student Luncheon at the AANA Annual Congress. There also is an opportunity for the winning essay to be published in the AANA NewsBulletin as a Student News column.

Essays must be submitted via e-mail to the Education Department at

Student Excellence Award

Program administrators may nominate one student for this award annually. Nominees must show evidence of professional promise, have a record of extracurricular activities or other contributions to the college or community, and demonstrate consistent excellent performance in the clinical setting for at least two semesters. The winner is selected by the Education Committee and recognized during the Student Luncheon at the AANA Annual Congress. Nominations are due April 20th.

Student Representative to the Education Committee

The AANA Education Committee supports the professional development of nurse anesthesia didactic and clinical educators and students.  Primary activities of the committee include planning the Assembly of Didactic and Clinical Educators (ADCE) meetings and the Student Session at Annual Congress.  The committee also hosts the Student Luncheon and Anesthesia College Bowl at Annual Congress.

The committee includes a student representative, elected annually, who serves for one year.  This student functions as an information source for students and enhances communication between the student body and the committee.  In addition to participating in the above activities, the student representative facilitates the AANAConnect SRNA Community, contributes content to the AANA for SRNAs Facebook page, and writes the Student News column for the AANA NewsBulletin.

The student representative is elected by the students attending the AANA Annual Congress. The student representative participates in Education Committee meetings and conference calls. Refer to the application for complete details. Note that your expected graduation date must be August 2021 or thereafter. The deadline for submission is May 4th.

Anesthesia College Bowl at Annual Congress

The spirited College Bowl is held annually at the AANA Annual Congress, which takes place this year from August 14-18 in San Diego, CA. The College Bowl will be held Monday, August 17th.  Six teams of students play each other, answering questions about anesthesia that have been submitted by nurse anesthesia program directors. The winning student team faces off against a team of six CRNAs to determine the ultimate winner of the College Bowl.

Think you have what it takes to represent your program and attempt to best the CRNAs? Ask your program director to submit your name for consideration (a maximum of two students per program). You must still be a student at the time of the College Bowl.

Participants are selected at random from the pool of submissions. Program directors must submit applications by May 4th.

Student Mentoring Program at Assembly of Didactic and Clinical Educators (ADCE)

This mentoring program consists of a one-day mentoring experience at the February Assembly of Didactic and Clinical Educators for students who are interested in becoming nurse anesthesia educators. Students are mentored by experienced CRNA educators other than their own faculty.

  • Only one student who has been recommended by their program director is accepted from each nurse anesthesia program.
  • The application process opens in Fall 2020.


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