The Plant and Microbial Biology program includes men and women from all over the world. The program typically numbers around 48 students in the Masters and Ph.D. programs. 

The Phytograds are the graduate students in the Plant and Microbial Graduate Program and related disciplines. 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 and even campuses. We also serve as the voice of the graduate students on various college, program and departmental 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.