The Plant and Microbial Biology graduate program includes around 45 students from all over the United States and from around the world.

The Phytograds are the graduate students in the Plant and Microbial Biology Graduate Program. Anyone can become a member of our organization, but graduate students in the PMB program are automatically members. We act as a network for graduate students who are spread out among various buildings on the St. Paul campus. We also serve as the voice of the PMB graduate students on various program, departmentall and college committees.

Every year, we plan a number of professional and social activities, including inviting seminar speakers as a part of the program colloquium, hosting an international dinner for faculty, staff and students, and donating the money from soup lunches to organizations that provide food for the homeless.

We invite you to be an active member of our organization and get involved on one of our many committees. We have a meeting usually at the beginning of every semester. All are welcome to visit us and learn more about our academic and research interests.