"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

  • Spring 2020 Shut Down Dates 
    March 16 - June 8, 2020 
  • August 12-14, 2020
    Canadian Light Source Teachers' Workshop
  • October 31, 2020   
    Next Education Proposal Submission Date for SotB groups coming to CLS during all of 2021

Students On The Beamlines Projects

Students On The Beamlines Poster Competition

How to Get Started

Step One

Attend our annual Teachers' Workshop 
*** August 12th -14th, 2020 in Saskatoon, SK

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 date is October 31, 2020 for all of 2021

The Educational Proposal focuses on the expected education outcomes with an accompany science idea. Part of our goal is to ensure that the mentors and Canadian Light Source staff support the student group by providing guidance and advice on the scientific process as students develop their project. 

There is limited amount of beamtime, science mentorship support and funding resulting in participating in Students on the Beamlines as a competitive process. 

Below you will find the Educational Proposal Form, Educational Proposal Guide, and an Educational Proposal Exemplar. 

Education Proposal Guide

  • The guide provides information on how to fill out the application form. 
  • There is a rubric at the end of the guide which is used to score the submissions.

Educational Proposal Application Form

  • Only this form will be considered as a submission.
  • A completed form can be e-mail to the education team before the deadline.

Educational Proposal Exemplar

  • This exemplar demonstrates what an application with a score of 2 looks like. A score of 2 is average.

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