Student Leadership Opportunities

True to our mission, the Connell School prepares students to flourish as skilled, compassionate nurses. In addition to providing clinical training, we nurture the qualities necessary for students to develop into leaders—in the classroom, in the community, in practice, and through research. 

We surround students with impressive peers, expert faculty, and an array of leadership opportunities. From student organizations to rewarding field experiences, they are empowered with the confidence and capabilities that serve them throughout their careers.  


Student Nurses' Association

Boston College Student Nurses' Association is a local chapter of the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA). This organization enables students to gain a broad perspective of various facets of nursing, including community, health, legislation, and education. The local chapter meets monthly, participates in campus events, and offers peer networking as well as opportunities to travel to state and national meetings.

School of Nursing Senate

The Nursing Senate is the official representative of the undergraduate students in the School of Nursing. Among its purposes are to aid in the development of the nursing student, to contribute to standards of nursing education, to serve on School of Nursing committees, and to collaborate with the Boston College Student Nurses' Association as well as other nursing related organizations. 

Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (UGRF)

Through the UGRF, students work alongside faculty members on research projects, gaining invaluable exposure to scholarly work while earning a monetary award.

Freshman Leadership Seminar

This semester-long course helps ease the transition for first-year students. Freshmen gather weekly in small groups led by CSON seniors and juniors to discuss a variety of topics, including clinicals, academics, service trips, and time management.

SCRUBS Retreat

SCRUBS (Sophomore Connell Retreat for Undergraduate B.S. Students) is a collaboration between the Center for Student Formation and the Connell School. It is a two-day retreat for sophomores to reflect and prepare for the academic changes ahead—specialized upper-class courses, simulation labs, clinical and post-graduation job opportunities. It features presentations by professors, alumni, and upperclassmen, along with professional development workshops, small-group breakout discussions, and unstructured time for students to relax and recharge during the heart of the academic year.

Read more about the inaugural SCRUBS retreat

Graduate Nurses' Association (GNA)

Dedicated to improving the lives of all graduate students at the Connell School, the GNA represents the interests of students to deans and leadership, acts as a change agent for various issues, and facilitates community outreach. Students can run for various executive board positions.

Teaching Assistantship Opportunities

Graduate students may apply for full- and part-time teaching assistant positions—earning a stipend while gaining invaluable experience working alongside faculty mentors. Work may involve preparing and monitoring exams, doing first reads on papers, and clinical teaching.


KILN students

Keys to Inclusive Leadership in Nursing (KILN)

Every year, more than 50 undergraduate and graduate students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in nursing get help maximizing their leadership potential through the KILN scholarship program. The program prepares participants for the challenges of providing nursing care in our increasingly multicultural society and nurtures their ability to create positive social change.

KILN scholars receive financial support, faculty mentorship, and opportunities to network with nurse leaders. This work has been generously supported by the Price Family Foundation.

Sigma Theta Tau students and faculty

Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Chi Chapter

Nursing’s international honor society, Sigma Theta Tau International, recognizes superior achievement and the development of leadership qualities. Activities and resources also foster high professional standards, encourage creative work, and strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession.

Represented in more than 70 countries, Sigma Theta Tau International members put themselves and the nursing profession at the forefront of health care. The Alpha Chi Chapter at Boston College develops innovative programs that contribute to the international society’s mission and commitment.

Keys to Inclusive Leadership in Nursing Blog

Hear what our students leaders have to say

BC Alumni and CSON Award Winner Returns to Facilitate Discussion on Health Disparities  Link to article
John C. Welch, CSON Alumni and Dean Rita P. Kelleher Award, Senior Nurse Anesthetist at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Formal Chief Clinical Officer for Ebola response at Par...
October 11, 2018
Success Beyond BC: Featuring KILN Alumna Sandra Dickson  Link to article
To put it simply, the KILN program through Boston College’s Connell School of Nursing, shaped my whole college experience. It was the support system I needed as I dealt with t...
August 31, 2018
KILN Seniors, Graduate Students, and Faculty Connect and Learn at Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Conference in Tampa, Florida  Link to article
From June 23-27, KILN undergraduate and graduate scholars attended the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) conference in Tampa, FL. Un...
July 02, 2018