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Raising Influence in Science and Engineering

What is RISE?

3M RISE is primarily intended to introduce emerging underrepresented science and engineering graduate talent to the wide range of rewarding careers in research and development at one of the world’s most recognized innovation companies. Underrepresented groups* in the STEM field encompass several dimensions of identity, including women, Hispanic or Latino, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and Native American or Alaska Native racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and/or belong to the LGBTQ+ communities.

As a company, 3M aims to reflect the diversity of our customers, suppliers and channel partners. Our global Diversity Index indicates that we have made progress, but we have more work to do to match external availability of talent across all levels of the company. We need to build on our foundation by taking accelerated, bolder action — which is why in 2020 we announced new commitments to bring the demographics of 3M’s workforce in line with the broader workforce and advance representation of underrepresented groups at 3M.

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    The RISE event will give participants the opportunity to:

    • Further your professional development and gain skills to better navigate industry recruitment
    • Hear from leading 3M researchers and R&D executives
    • Network with a community of emerging scientific talent and hear about their research experiences
    • Learn about the recruiting process and career opportunities from 3M managers and talent acquisition

RISE Student Testimonials

Skills and Expertise

Applicants must have or expect to receive a doctoral degree within 12 months of the RISE event in the field of chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, physics, mechanical engineering, polymer science, biomolecular engineering, biology, data science, computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics/applied math or software engineering (or other closely related degrees).

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“A long-lasting career at 3M comes from having vision, imagination and the ability to see what doesn’t exist. 3Mers are groundbreaking innovators and it’s important that we give every person the space for disruptive and creative thinking.”

– John Banovetz, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at 3M

*Underrepresented groups is defined for the context of this symposium and does not align with 3M’s and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) definition.