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Chase - Lists, on top of lists, on top of more lists

Working with my 3M Scientist Mentor, Dr. Hager, has been great. It’s been very easy to talk to him, he’s VERY knowledgeable about so many things, he’s helpful, and he even laughs at my bad jokes! I’m having a lot of fun collaborating with him. If I start an engineering company one of these days, Dr. Hager would be the first person I would try to hire (although getting him away from 3M would be hard – he’s stuck to that company like a strong polymeric resin). Read more

Carolyn - Picking the Problem and Solution of Choice

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Recently I have had the task of taking my top 8 ideas and narrowing them down to three ideas.  Then I came up with multiple plausible solutions for each of these problems.  As I worked through this process I kept several things in mind.  I considered whether I had the scientific expertise, the time, and/or the resources needed to complete each innovation over the summer. Read more

Anin - Blog 2 - Innovation from Research

Hello everybody! I have started to narrow my focus on my project for the 3M/Discovery mentorship program. The two things that really inspired me the most, I believe, in this program were the meeting with my mentor and the 3M website. When I first talked with my mentor, I was amazed by his knowledge and accomplishments; I would  like to thank him for taking time out of his extremely busy schedule to mentor me.  I’m privileged to have the opportunity to work with him, and I look forward to the coming weeks! Read more

Anishaa- Second Blog- On Research

Hey everybody! I've been participating in a camp known as "Andrew's Leap" every day and the people there are the kind that you aspire to be. Andrew's Leap is a selective camp that focuses on math and computer science, and I'm privileged to be there. I'm in the process of coming up with my idea, drawing inspiration from every problem, every lifestyle, and every personality I see. Read more

Aidan - Time to Get Busy!

Hello Everyone!

I have some new updates!

It's been a busy week for me in the Challenge.

First off, I met my mentor Dr. Erdogan-Haug this past week. We had a great meeting and we discussed some preliminary ideas for my innovation. Read more


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