Monday, October 5, 2009

Sleep & Teens: New High School Writing Contest

It’s time for teens to do some sleep writing. The 2009 – 2010 AASM High School Topical Review in Sleep Science Contest is a new writing contest for juniors and seniors.

It offers a first-place prize of a $1,000 U.S. savings bond. The winning student also will receive a trip for two to San Antonio, Texas.

To enter, students must write an original topical review paper related to sleep and sleep disorders. They can choose a topic from 12 subject areas. These include sleep deprivation, insomnia and drowsy driving. Entrants must be sponsored by their science teacher.

The first-place student and one parent or guardian will receive a three-day/two-night trip to San Antonio, Texas, in June. Deep in the heart of Texas,
San Antonio offers visitors a dynamic experience. Popular attractions include the Alamo, Six Flags and SeaWorld.

Why San Antonio? It’s where the SLEEP 2010 24th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC will take place. At this meeting the contest winner will be recognized by the AASM.

SLEEP 2010? It’s an annual meeting where the latest sleep research from around the world is presented. More than 5,500 people attend the meeting each year. This includes doctors, scientists, other health professionals and students.

Prizes also will be awarded for second place, third place and honorable mention. All award recipients will have their paper posted on the AASM Web site at All recognized papers also will be considered for publication in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. JCSM is the official publication of the AASM and a leading scientific journal in the field of sleep.

Want to find out more? Get complete details and a contest entry form online. The submission deadline is Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

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