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.

Follow the Phytograds on Twitter and Facebook.

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


Alex Crum
vice president
Brooke Kern
Claire Menard
Angie Ricono
Rebekah Fudge
COGS representative*
Ariadna Mondragon Botero

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