The American Sleep Medicine Foundation (ASMF) continues to be the leader in promoting sleep research and education by supporting the entry of young physicians and scientists into sleep research and academic sleep medicine. The Foundation strives to educate researchers and the public about sleep, sleep disorders and the individual and public health consequences of inadequate or disturbed sleep as well as provide humanitarian aid to disadvantaged individuals with sleep disorders. As the leader in supporting sleep research and education, the Foundation has invested in the future of sleep medicine by awarding more than $4 million in grants.

To encourage an interest in sleep medicine and sleep research at the high school level, the ASMF is now accepting entry forms for the 2011 – 2012 High School Topical Review in Sleep Science Contest. This contest recognizes excellence in the understanding of scientific research and in the preparation of a topical review paper related to sleep, wakefulness, public health, and disorders of sleep and daytime alertness.


High school students in the U.S. who are a junior or senior during the 2011 – 2012 academic school year are eligible to enter the contest. Students must be “sponsored” by their science teacher; students who want to enter the contest should notify their teacher immediately. Submissions will not be accepted from students who are a son or daughter of a member of the AASM Board of Directors, ASMF Executive Board, AASM Education Committee or AASM staff.

Complete the contest entry form for submission. You must also send an electronic copy of your original review paper as an e-mail attachment to the ASMF Coordinator at the national office. To be considered for this contest, entry forms must be received by Monday, February 6, 2012. Review the Contest Rules & Guidelines for further entry and award details.

The ASMF will send notification of contest results by April 6, 2012. The first place student winner will receive a 3-day/2-night trip to Boston, Massachusetts with one parent/guardian to attend SLEEP 2012 26th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC from Sunday, June 10, 2012 to Tuesday, June 12, 2012. The recipient will be recognized with a commemorative plaque during the AASM General Membership Meeting on Monday, June 11, 2012 along with a $1,000 savings bond.

Questions and inquiries about the contest should be directed to Nick Cekosh, ASMF Coordinator at 630-737-9763 or