U scholars explore careers at 3M: students see science applied to life

3M Scholars and other students from the University of Minnesota toured the 3M Innovation Center on April 5 and learned about ways their studies can be put to work at a global Fortune 500 company.

A taste of 3M innovation: The half-day event began with a lunch and networking opportunity with 3M employees at the company’s corporate headquarters. Jayshree Seth, Ph.D., M.S., a corporate scientist and the chief science advocate at 3M, gave a keynote address.

“I really connected with the keynote speaker. Jayshree was authentic and motivational and reminded me to be proud of my accomplishments while challenging myself to not only be a better engineer but a better human. I really connected to everything she said and was so inspired by her self-awareness, confidence, and desire to help the world.” — a student attendee

The 3M employee perspective: A career panel followed Seth’s talk, and students noted that they look forward to continued opportunities to connect with and learn from 3M employees.

“I really enjoyed hearing from the career panel from different areas of 3M. It gave insight into how diverse the work and people are at 3M.”  — a student attendee

3M Scholars and U students: Over the years, 3M has funded 13 scholarship and fellowship funds at the University that have helped hundreds of students known as 3M Scholars. The 35 event attendees included a mix of 3M Scholars and other students from the College of Science and Engineering and Carlson School of Management.  

“3M does a fantastic job at making any individual who spends time with the company hope to work for 3M one day. I never really considered applying to work at 3M prior to this event, but after I have completely reevaluated what I want to do with my life.”  — a student attendee


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