Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology

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Medical & Undergraduate Education

The CSCN is committed to helping students explore their interest in sleep medicine and research.


Research Opportunities

  • Medical and Undergraduate students are encouraged to reach out directly to faculty whose research is of interest to the student. Depending on current projects/funding, faculty members may have internships, work-study, or paid opportunities. You can learn more about each faculty's research focus by exploring the research tab of the CSCN site.

Medical Education

Medical students at the Perelman School of Medicine receive nearly 8 hours of sleep medicine and circadian rhythm education during their first two preclinical years. Those interested in learning more about sleep medicine are encouraged to enroll in a one-week elective (i.e. Frontiers 522) available during their 4th year.


Undergraduate Courses

Several undergraduate courses to explore include:

  • Sleep & Sleep Disorders: This class will provide an introduction to sleep and sleep disorders, focusing on current research in the field. Students will learn about the neurobiology of sleep/wake regulation, the relationship between sleep and memory and how sleep is related to physical and mental health. Sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, insomnia, and narcolepsy will be covered in terms of pathophysiology, assessment and treatment.
  • Introduction to Experimental Psychology: This course provides an introduction to the basic topics of psychology including our three major areas of distribution: the biological basis of behavior, the cognitive basis of behavior, and individual and group bases of behavior. Topics include, but are not limited to, neuropsychology, learning, cognition, development, disorder, personality, and social psychology.
  • Human Chronobiology & Sleep: Topics to be covered include basic principles of chronobiology; neuroscience mechanisms of circadian rhythms and sleep; phylogeny and ontongeny of sleep; human sleep and sleep disorders; circadian dysfunction; circadian and sleep homeostatic influences in human health and safety. 

For more information regarding educational opportunities, please contact Richard Schwab, MD.