In 2005, the AST Board of Directors established the first student-focused event at the AST national conference, where more than 300 students came to learn, network and demonstrate their eagerness to join the surgical technology arena during the AST Student Day. Each year after, hundreds of students have gathered to attend the since-renamed ASTSA Forum. Each year students elect their peers to serve as ASTSA student representatives and help drive the success of the ASTSA and foster new engagement into the profession.

  • Students - Interested in Running for a Leadership Position?

    If you are interested in running for a 2018-2019 ASTSA student representative position, please make sure your application is turned in prior to 4 pm the day before the ASTSA Forum so your name will be included in the ballot system. The application can be found in the ASTSA Representative Manual on the right-hand side of this page. 

    Completed applications may be sent to AST Headquarters prior to April 1, 2018, or submitted at the registration desk or the ASTSA exhibit table onsite at the Orlando conference. 

    For more information, including eligibility requirements and applications, click on the ASTSA Representative Manual or contact the ASTSA staff liaison, Wanda Folsom, wanda.folsom@ast.org

    2017-2018 ASTSA Student Representatives

    The ASTSA student representatives were elected by their peers at the ASTSA Forum in New Orleans in June. 

    ASTSA 2017-2018 reps

    From left: Bonnie Malone, CST; Jessica Leach, Lakia Boler and Ruby Lemus

    2017 T-shirt Winners

    The T-shirt winners were announced at the ASTSA Forum during AST's national conference in New Orleans in June.

    1st Place T-shirt Winner


    Tarrant County College
    Trinity River Campus East
    Fort Worth, Texas

    2nd Place T-shirt Winner


    Southeast Community College
    Lincoln, Nebraska

    3rd Place T-shirt Winner


    Horry Georgetown Technical College
    Georgetown, South Carolina

    Scholarship Recipients

    The scholarship recipients were announced in June at AST's national conference in New Orleans.

    View the Foundation for Surgical Technology's 2017 scholarship recipients