Government of Canada announces three-year funding

The Government of Canada through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has announced ongoing support of the Canadian Light Source’s Students on the Beamlines and Teacher Professional Development programs.

Through the PromoScience program – offering financial support for organizations working with young Canadians to promote an understanding of science and engineering – NSERC is providing the CLS education outreach program with $67,200 over three years.

“Our Government is committed to creating jobs and opportunities for Canadians, which is why we are making record investments to develop, attract and retain the world’s most talented researchers. We will increase our investment in PromoScience to inspire the next generation of leading Canadian researchers while ensuring young Canadians have the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics skills required for rewarding careers in the modern Canadian economy,” said the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology).

Students on the Beamlines is an authentic and immersive science research experience for high school students. It is unique in that the students are the scientists in charge of their research, and they get to use Canada’s only synchrotron. Mentors help students develop research that is not demonstration, but that may produce novel information that is of interest to the scientific community.

“Science literacy is an essential part of the education of every citizen in the modern world today. PromoScience aims first to spark the passion of students for science and engineering and further boosts scholarly inquiry for the future of these fields,” said B. Mario Pinto, NSERC President.

Since the program began in 2006, the CLS has worked with 558 students from 9 provinces and territories on 64 projects, focussing on environmental issues, materials research, forensics, biomedical imaging, life sciences, and much more.

Through the NSERC PromoScience program, students like Cécilia Barette Leduc from Montreal have the opportunity to perform experiments using facilities at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron in Saskatoon.
Click to watch a video on our Students on the Beamline program – part of our 10 Years of Discovery series.
Youtube Video

For more information visit the CLS website or contact:

Mark Ferguson 
Communications Coordinator 
1 (306) 657-3739


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