The Phytograds is the Plant and Microbial Biology graduate student association. Anyone can join, but PMB graduate students are automatically part of Phytograds. We are a network for PMB 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, departmental and college committees.

Social events

  • Monthly coffee hour
  • Happy hours
  • Fall potluck
  • Apple picking
  • Pumpkin carving
  • Winter soup lunch
  • Winter Itasca: weekend trip to Itasca State Park/Itasca Biological Station and Labs for skiing, sledding, relaxing
  • Spring greenhouse party
  • Intramural sports: fall--soccer, winter--broomball, spring--softball
  • Volunteering (e.g., Second Harvest Heartland food bank)


  • PMB colloquium committee
  • PMB prospective student recruitment (February/March)
  • PMB spring retreat (May)
  • Market Science events


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Jaclyn Noshay
vice president
Evan Ellison
Rebekah Mohn
Joleen Khey
Anna Bennett
German Vargas Gutierrez
COGS representative*
Kelsey Peterson

*COGS is the UMN Council of Graduate Students, the university's graduate student governance association.