Clubs and Programs

Life as a plant and microbial biology student is not just about hitting the books. Student organizations and activities can help you develop social and leadership skills and meet new friends.

Botany Club

The Botany Club is an academic club that promotes and encourages scholarly interactions among students interested in the fundamental study of plants. The club is open to all NC State students; most members either major or minor in plant biology or another life science discipline.

The club holds biweekly meetings during the fall and spring semesters. Members connect and learn about plants through hands-on activities and guest speakers. Each semester, club members take off-campus trips to botanical sites and participate in service projects.

For more information on the Botany Club, email Chad Jordan chad_jordan@ncsu.edu.

Plant Biology Graduate Student Association

The Plant Biology Graduate Student Association (PBGSA) is the official group for graduate students in plant biology at NC State University.

Contact and Join PBGSA

Microbiology Graduate Student Association

The Microbiology Graduate Student Association (MBGSA) is comprised of students in all of the graduate degree programs in microbiology (masters through doctoral) offered at NC State University. Students in other degree programs with an interest in microbiology are also invited to join the MBGSA.

Contact and Join MBGSA

Study Abroad

Plant Resources & Ecology in China

Through lectures and field trips to famous mountains and wetland park and lakes in eastern China, students will gain skills in field botany and knowledge of wetland and mountain vegetations, and plant biodiversity and its uses in China.

This course examines natural plant resources of Eastern Asia and explores Chinese culture and religions in eastern China combining classroom and field exercises. During this 3-week program, students from Zhejiang University will join the class and visit famous Chinese gardens, markets, and museums in Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Suzhou cities, as well as visits to villages and the Buddhist and Taoist temples in the mountains.

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Global Plant Health Internship

Are you interested in learning about global plant health, food security, emerging plant diseases, and trade issues in the tropics? The International Research Experience for Students (IRES) in Global Plant Health promotes discovery research using hands-on training in the tropics.

We live in a global community and plant diseases do not recognize country borders. Agricultural trade is responsible for the movement of a myriad of plant pathogens globally each year. A significant portion of the foods we consume is grown in the tropics and imported into the United States. Students need a global perspective on the plant pathogens that infect our imported food crops.

Visit the Ristaino Lab website to learn more about the Global Plant Health internship and like Global Plant Health on Facebook.

Studying Tropical Plant Pathology in Costa Rica

Bridget Lassiter, a former Ph.D. student, describes her experience traveling in Costa Rica as part of the Global Plant Health internship.

Read about Bridget's experience