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Student Life

Graduate students in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology participate actively in a wide range of social and academic functions throughout the year. The many facets of our training makes our graduate experience both challenging and rewarding.

Social activities include the annual departmental picnic, a new student dinner, and intramular teams in softball, soccer, broomball, and flag football. Each year the students attend a cultural event of our choosing compliments of the Graduate Student Arts Fund. Students are also vital to the academic life of the department. Student representatives attend faculty meetings and serve as voting members on all major committees including: Curriculum, Graduate and Advanced Studies, Biosafety/Space, Colloquium, Biomedical Graduate Student Council, and the Rackham Graduate Student Forum.

Meetings of the Organization of Microbiology and Immunology Students (OMIS) provide an occasion for students to discuss committee activities and other student issues. Each year, students invite speakers from industry and other academic institutions for seminars sponsored by our department and by various training grants (such as Cancer Biology, Cellular Biotechnology, Genetics, and Microbial Pathogenesis). Journal Clubs and the Student Seminar Series (Micro 812) offer opportunities for presentation of current literature and our own research. National and international meetings are venues for formal presentation of our research to our academic peers.

Our faculty and students, as well as the abundant resources available throughout the Medical School, make the department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan an exciting place for our academic training.