Students on the Beamlines

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. 
I do and I understand." - Confucius


Students on the Beamlines (SotB) is an authentic and immersive science research experience for high school students. It is unique in that the students are the scientists 'driving' their own research – using Canada’s only synchrotron! Mentors help students develop research that is not demonstration, but that has potential to produce new information of interest to the scientific community.

CLS is proud to offer this innovative and award winning program. We gratefully acknowledge 9 years of funding from PromoScience (a program of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada). The Canadian Geological Foundation more recently provides additional funding for related projects. 

CLS was the winner of the Canadian Nuclear Foundation Education Award in 2012.


  • October 1, 2018
    Spring 2019 Educational Proposal submission date
  • March 15, 2019
    Fall 2019 Educational Proposal submission date
  • March 31, 2019
    Student on the Beamlines Poster Competition submission date
  • Fall 2018 Shut Down Dates
    October 9, 2018 - November 15, 2018
  • Spring 2019 Shut Down Dates




How to Get Started

Step One

Attend our annual Teachers' Workshop 

This professional development opportunity introduces you to synchrotron techniques, how they connect to curricular outcomes, and you become familiar with the SotB program. It is a great professional development opportunity regardless of your intent to participate in SotB.

Those teachers who have attended the workshop are eligible to create their team of students (extra or co-curricular as is appropriate for your situation) and work with CLS staff and other scientists as mentors to develop your own novel research project. The program is intended for small groups of students (3-15) who are at least 14 years of age. Be prepared to spend several months developing a good science research project (geological, environmental, health, materials, etc) requiring synchrotron techniques to address and including a trip to the synchrotron in Saskatoon (minimum 4 days), ending with students communicating their results and experience through oral presentations, posters, and possibly an article.

Step Two

Submit an Educational Proposal
*Next submission is October 1st to bring students from January - June 2019*
*If you are planning to participate and your project will run for 1 - 2 years, you can still submit an educational proposal at any of the next submission dates. Please indicate when you plan to bring a group.* 

The purpose of the educational proposal and review process is a way for CLS to be able to determine which schools to support for a SotB experience with limited resources. The proposal focuses on the broader impact that an SotB experience would bring to you, your students, and your community - science is a small part of it. We ask for a project idea or ideas that the students are interested in, not an experimental plan, because the project will evolve through the whole process as students narrow down on an appropriate scientific question where a synchrotron can help to answer it. Student must be 14 years of age or older to participate.

A rubric is used to score the educational proposals. The rubric can be found at the end of the Education Proposal Information Package.


The Education Proposal Information Package guides you through the application process.
You will find questions and information to help you answer each section of the education proposal.


This is an example of a Education Proposal Application Form that would receive a rank of 3-2 (average) during the review process.



Fill out the Education Proposal Application Form and send it to us for the review process.
We will not consider any other form of submission except this application form. 


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Contact Us

Tracy Walker
Education Programs Lead 
Phone: 306-657-3525

Anna-Maria Boechler 
Education Coordinator

Phone: 306-657-3745

how can we help?

If you’re looking for information on how you can use CLS techniques in your research program, please contact us using this form.

Example queries may include: Feasibility around a potential experiment? A scientific problem we can help you solve? Is your question related to a specific technique? Do you want to know more about how to apply for beamtime?

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