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

Anna-Maria Boechler 
Education Program Coordinator

Phone: 306-657-3745

Bernie Petit 
Education Program Coordinator Indigenous Programs

Phone: 306-657-3723

Amanda Pfeiffer 
Education Program Coordinator

Phone: 306-657-3848


Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education internationally has been tasked to change how students learn at every level of education – more experiential learning about and through inquiry practises. Here at CLS we focus on building strong connections between science education and science research in our educational programming and resources. Our educational programs train researchers, engage students at all levels, and provide professional development for educators.

Our education programs provide youth the ability to do hands on learning while being immersed in the scientific process. We provide this opportunity to secondary students, post-secondary students, teachers, professors, and educators through various programs such as Students on the Beamlines, Light Source Student Experience, and Teacher Professional Development.

We are also developing the Undergraduate Research Program which offers the opportunity for undergraduate students to take part in their own research offered through a undergraduate course. For more information please contact our Education Program Lead.


Introducing our STEM Seminar Series


STEM Seminar Series is a series of virtual seminars held throughout the summer that provide insight into science research or how science research connects into the classroom. You'll hear from a scientist or teacher talk about their research, teaching, or experiences as seen below. This is a free online event and open to everyone. 


Dr. Gosia Korbas - "Mercury Toxicity Seen in New {Synchrotron} Light"
Wednesday August 5th at 11:00am CST
Link to Seminar:

Dr. Gosia Korbas is a senior scientist in the Science Division of Canada’s only synchrotron - Canadian Light Source. She is responsible for commissioning and operation of the BioXAS-Imaging beamline, which is dedicated to hard X-ray fluorescence imaging. This technique is used to reveal distribution of elements (essential or toxic) in various biological and environmental specimens. Gosia's favourite element is mercury (Hg) and she has been using synchrotron techniques to study its speciation and distribution in creatures as small as zebrafish larvae and as big as whales. She is especially interested in Hg accumulation in sensory organs and detrimental effects associated with its accumulation. She is passionate about STEM education and love working with various school groups coming to Canadian Light Source through Students on the Beamlines (SotB) program.


Dr. Chithra Karunakaran - "Advancements in Agriculture Using Synchrotron Imaging Techniques"
Wednesday August 19th at 11:00am CST
Link to Seminar: TBD

An agricultural engineer by training, Dr. Karunakaran is the manager for the Environmental and Earth Sciences department at the Canadian Light Source (CLS), and leads the CLS plant imaging and innovation research program, promoting the innovative use of synchrotron techniques for agricultural and food sciences research.

She has been recognized for excellence and contributions in agriculture research through several awards. She was a nominee for the 2014 YWCA Saskatoon Women of Distinction Award in Science, Technology and Research.

Dr. Karunakaran completed her Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Tamilnadu Agricultural University in India, and her Masters and Ph.D in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Manitoba.  Her research work has been published in 59 refereed journal articles and 4 book chapters.  Currently, she is an adjunct professor at the University of Saskatchewan and at the University of Manitoba, Canada.




What is a Synchrotron?


The Canadian Light Source Synchrotron is comprised of several components including the Electron Gun, Linear Accelerator, Booster Ring, and Storage Ring. Each of these sections contribute to producing a beam of synchrotron light, which is then harnessed in a beamline, using an optics hutch, experimental hutch and workstations.



What Research is Done at the CLS?

  • Plain language posters that describe research being conducted at the CLS are available for viewing and download. Click here to view the posters.
  • Case studies that highlight the science done at the CLS. Click here to view Science Highlights.

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