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.

Important Dates

  • March 31, 2019
    Student on the Beamlines Poster Competition submission date
  • Fall 2018 Shut Down Dates
    Now - December 21, 2018
  • Spring 2019 Shut Down Dates
    February 25, 2019 - April 29, 2019

Student On The Beamlines Projects

Student On The Beamlines Poster Competition

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

Explore Education 

Important Dates

  • Student on the Beamlines
    Next Submission
  • Student on the Beamlines
    Poster Submission
    March 31, 2019

Contact Us

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

Anna-Maria Boechler 
Education Program Coordinator

Phone: 306-657-3745

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