Grace Qian Wei ’13 spent her summer working on an internship in Providence, RI with Dr. Mary Carskadon ’69 at her Bradley Hospital Chronobiology and Sleep Research Lab. The first half of the internship included lectures on sleep and training sessions which focused on skills such as the application of the EEG that would be needed for the study run during the second half of the internship. Grace also had the opportunity to attend the annual sleep conference in Boston, her first exposure to a professional psychology conference.
The sleep research focused on sleep patterns, circadian rhythms and other related processes in adolescents and young adults. It was a longitudinal study and this past summer was its fifth and final year. Five sessions, each lasting nine days, were conducted. The participants were adolescents and young adults and Grace reported having a lot of fun working with them and the other technicians. She sums up her experience with Dr. Carskadon as being an enriching and empowering time that has readied her and made her eager for another challenge.