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3M’s Commitment to Education

3M is a science and technology company that creates. For decades, 3M scientists and engineers have developed products that solve problems. 3M is also a company that cares – improving lives each day.


  • Increase primary and secondary student achievement in STEM and business curriculum
  • Support post-secondary programs that attract, retain and graduate students
  • Drive access and academic success to ensure educational equity

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Mock Interviews


Mock Interviews
Seventy volunteers mock interviewed Johnson High School (St. Paul, Minn.) juniors as the capstone of their post-secondary planning course.  Shown here is the leadership team from the 3M Customer Contact Center, U.S. Sales Excellence. 


Non-Tenured Faculty Awardees

3M Awards Help Make Possible Young University Professors’ Passion for Research
Twenty five visionary scientists from leading research and development universities in the U.S. are sharing the results of their innovative work at 3M

These non-tenured faculty members each received the 3M non-Tenured Faculty Awards, which allow them to conduct and showcase their scientific efforts to peers and technical employees at 3M Science and Engineering Faculty Day. 3M named a total of 53 recipients this year.

3M Non-Tenured Faculty Awards encourage the pursuit of new ideas among non-tenured university professors, giving them the opportunity to interact with their peers and 3M scientists. Science and Engineering Faculty Day presents the opportunity to 3Mers to stay in touch with the creative ideas that are stimulating some of the nation's brightest minds. 3M grants the awards as part of 3M’s support of innovative research in higher education. 

3M Earns Best Commitment to Education Award

Ian Hardgrove (left), 3M Foundation
President, Accepts Award
3M Earns Best Commitment to Education Award
3M earned the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2013 Corporate Citizenship Award for “Best Commitment to Education.” This award recognizes 3M’s 40-year partnership with the Saint Paul Public Schools, igniting an interest in science and encouraging students to pursue postsecondary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines.

3M investments include financial support and product donations. Our most significant contributions are from the thousands of 3Mers and our alumni who volunteer as mentors, tutors, science fair judges, mock interviewers, classroom speakers, host summer interns or bag school supplies.

"3M’s work with Saint Paul Public Schools will help inspire countless children’s STEM education," said U.S. Chamber Foundation’s BCLC Executive Director Marc DeCourcey. "The results of this program shows the success possible when businesses and communities form long-term partnerships.” View the story.


Trailblazing in Texas
The Trailblazer II, a science on wheels interactive exhibit to encourage STEM interest by students in Texas schools, visited Early Elementary and Brownwood Intermediate schools near the Brownwood, Texas 3M plant. Eleven employees of the Brownwood plant volunteered to serve as docents to bring to life exhibits about space, aerodynamics, biotechnology, energy, weather and more.

A grant from 3Mgives, along with 3M products, helped complete the trailer. An eye-catching 3M™ Scotchprint® graphic wrap includes huge photos of the scientific disciplines included inside the vehicle. Another grant from 3Mgives is supporting the Trailblazer II visits to schools in Brownwood and Austin, TX.

Trailblazer II is a project of the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME). TAME helps prepare Texas students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by providing k-12 students, parents and teachers with STEM-related programs and resources. As a statewide non-profit organization, TAME promotes diversity in STEM careers through the focused recruitment of women and minorities under-represented in STEM fields. Link to the story on KTXS TV.


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