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Science Training Encouragement Program

Applications for STEP are accepted annually in October. Apply by completing the STEP application form and sending it to STEP!

3M STEP provides high school juniors and seniors of diverse backgrounds the opportunity to participate in the process of scientific discovery at one of the world’s leading corporations. Through mentoring by 3M volunteers, classroom instruction and summer experience in a 3M laboratory, 3M STEP students will learn, increase job skills, gain insight into scientific careers, and enhance their personal development. Check out this flyer to learn more.

  • Student in lab for STEP
    Click the image above to hear about students' experiences with 3M STEP.

    How it works

    The 3M STEP program places students in the lab alongside 3M scientists. Students participate in training during the school year (January-May) and then complete a 10-12 week summer experience (June-August).

    3M STEP is open to high school juniors and seniors within the St. Paul Public School District. Students apply for the program in the fall and are notified of acceptance in December.

    Check out these Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

  • Eligibility

    • High school junior or senior in the St. Paul Public School District (District 625)
    • Weighted GPA of 2.0 or greater with minimal school absences
    • School schedule must allow students to participate in twice-weekly classes at 3M from January through May
  • Selection process

    • Student applications accepted in October each year
    • Resume required as an attachment
    • Letters of recommendation (attachments) are recommended but not required
    • Students who have been selected for the program will be notified in early December
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