Igniting discovery, creativity and innovation
The Kummer Institute was established in 2020 through a gift of $300 million from benefactors June and Fred Kummer. The Kummer Institute creates broad STEM outreach and engagement to and with K–12 communities, supports student success and growth at S&T, elevates the university as an educational and research institution, and drives economic development regionally, statewide and beyond.
The Kummer Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education provides equal access to STEM-related fields and experiences to PK-12 students and education professionals in underserved, underrepresented, and rural communities in Missouri.
The four centers of the Kummer Institute leverage academic-industry connections to focus learning and research in areas with economic and industry impact.
The business Fred and June Kummer launched in the basement of their suburban St. Louis home was ultimately responsible for the creation of 1,012 hospitals and health care facilities, financial institutions, the Adam’s Mark Hotel chain, a ski and golf resort, and more. Shortly before Fred’s death in 2021, building on their long history of supporting Missouri S&T, where Fred earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1955, the Kummers made a gift that has transformed the university and the communities it serves.
Missouri S&T celebrated its first Kummer Day Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, on the first anniversary of the $300 million gift from June and Fred Kummer.
Inaugural Kummer Vanguard Scholars and Kummer Innovation and Entrepreneurship Doctoral Fellows discussed their educational experience, and Missouri S&T Chancellor Mo Dehghani presented his first annual report in what will become a yearly occurrence.