Fall 2016 Admits


Congratulations and welcome to the Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology graduate program at the University of California, Santa Cruz! I will be your faculty contact for the department during your graduate educational career at UCSC. Our department manager, will be your contact for help with administrative procedures required by the campus, the department or the Graduate Division. Do not hesitate to contact either one of us for assistance or with any questions you have.

On behalf of the METX faculty and department, I welcome you and look forward to seeing you this fall.

Karen Ottemann, Professor
METX Graduate Representative
Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology
UC Santa Cruz
1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA  95064

E-Mail Account

Virtually all information will be communicated to you via an electronic mail account set up for you in the standard format of @ucsc.edu. You must use this email for all business related communications, therefore please be sure to activate this email and have it forwarded to your main email address so that you do not miss important notices. In addition, you will be added to the department email aliases for local announcements and postings. The graduate student list will include housing opportunities that might interest you. Please get in the habit of checking your e-mail frequently throughout the summer and responding as needed. For more information: http://its.ucsc.edu/google/gmail.html

You can also reserve department rooms through the Google calendars and important documents, such as the handbook, through the Google drive; both are shared with your UCSC Gmail account.

Campus Mailing Address

Your campus mailing address is:

Your Name
UC Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

You will have a mailbox in the Department Office, PSB 430B and mail addressed as above will be sent here.

Your mailstop is METX. There are inter-campus envelopes and a drop bag in PSB 430B as well.

Orientation Week

Orientation week will occur during the first week of fall quarter, September 19 - 23, 2016. The department calendar will be updated as schedules are finalized, so please check it and the PBSE Orientation webpage (link emailed to all new PBSE grads). Once the schedule is set, it will be sent out later this summer. Your attendance at departmental/PBSE events is required by the department, so please plan on being in town and available that week.

During orientation you will be provided with an overview of the department and the campus. You will have several opportunities to meet and speak with the METX graduate students throughout the orientation. You will also meet with your Graduate Advising Committee for academic advising and an outline of the required coursework during your first year. Current year Graduate Student Handbooks will be given out during this week. They are also available in the Google Drive (access through your UCSC Gmail account), but may be updated and/or revised during the summer.

Title IX Training

This is a Mandatory training, information will be sent to you from the Graduate Division. In addition to the training, please read these pages on the website thoroughly:


Enrollment for new grads opens June 18, 2016 through your MyUCSC portal. Grad students must enroll in 10 - 19 units every quarter, including METX 292-Seminar, a lab course, and an Independent Study/Thesis Research. You can enroll in METX 200 and 292 as of June 18 and enroll in additional classes after your advisory meeting during orientation week. To enroll in Indepdent Studies/Thesis Research you must obtain an enrollment code from the Department Manager at the beginning of the quarter.

Statement of Legal Residence

Please check your MyUCSC portal to see if you need to submit a Statement of Legal Residence (even if you are a California resident). SLR forms are due August 1. Failure to submit a SLR form can result in your status being classified as a non-resident and being billed accordingly. If you are a non-resident in your first-year, please see http://registrar.ucsc.edu/fees/residency/ for important information on establishing residency for your continuing years. This process begins immediately upon your arrival.

Student Identification Cards & Keys

ID Card Services is next to the Bay Tree Bookstore and Express Store and is on the first floor of the building. This is where you will need to go to get your Student ID. Special hours will be posted to their website for incoming students and begin before fall quarter starts. ID cards with quarterly stickers verify student enrollment and funtcions as a free metro/shuttle bus pass around campus and town. Quarterly stickers will be given out by the Department Manager after verifying student status and fees paid.

Once you are enrolled and have a valid Student ID, you will need to sign up for keys and/or a card-key. Instructions for this will be explained during orientation week.

Some useful links to get you started

Graduate Division: http://graddiv.ucsc.edu

Campus IT services (email, computer accounts, software, internet connections): http://its.ucsc.edu/resnet/faq.html

Email login through google: https://www.google.com/a/ucsc.edu

Residency issues: http://registrar.ucsc.edu/fees/residency/

On- and Off-Campus Housing: http://www.housing.ucsc.edu/

Student Health Services: http://healthcenter.ucsc.edu/

Student Business Services: http://sbs.ucsc.edu/

Academic and Administrative Calendar: http://registrar.ucsc.edu/calendar/academiccalendar.html

We look forward to seeing you in September - please let us know when you are settled in town - you are welcome to come by the office anytime.