Fall 2018 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 find 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 events will occur September 20 - 28, 2018. 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.

PBSE/ MICRO Track Grads

The PBSE research conference is on Thursday, September 13, 2018, from 8:00am-9:00pm at Roaring Camp.

Parking is limited at the Roaring Camp venue, so please carpool. To contact grads that are attending and arrange a ride, please email the grad email lists.

The PBSE Research Conference is a one-day event to introduce you to faculty, grads, postdocs and other researchers in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology and affiliated departments of Chemistry, Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology, and Bioengineering.  This event will include faculty research talks, posters, lunch and dinner.  Your conference fees and meals have already been paid for by the departments.

Title IX Training

This is a mandatory training. Read more here.


Enrollment for new grads opens June 22, 2018 through your MyUCSC portal. Please enroll in METX 200 for a letter grade and METX 292 with the S/U option. Enroll in additional classes after your advisory meeting during orientation week. 

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/index.html

UCSC Campus Maps: http://maps.ucsc.edu/

Parking Permits and Information: 

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/

TA Positions Sign Up: https://graddiv.ucsc.edu/current-students/grad-student-employment/index.html

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

Student ID Services: http://slugstore.ucsc.edu/ePOS?this_category=110&form=shared3/gm/browse.html

We look forward to seeing you in September - please let us know when you are settled in town!


Event When Where Event Information
Student ID Pickup 8/21-9/14
and from 9/17 on

ID Card Services Student Photos will be taken at time of pickup
PBSE Research Conference   9/13        8a-9p Roaring Camp Department Research Conference: one-day event to introduce new graduate students to faculty, grads, postdocs and other researchers in MCDB, CHEM, METX, and BME
PBSE Orientation 9/20
PSB 240 Introduction to the graduate program in PBSE
METX Boot Camp 9/24
PSB 450 Department Boot Camp and Orientation
Professor Ottemann's Home We will BBQ! Potluck for side/salad/dessert

Graduate Division TA Training 

9/25   8:30a-2p

Theater Arts Main Stage TA Training, Title IX Training
Graduate Division Orientation

 9/26  8:30a- 4:30p

Humanities Courtyard Orientation hosted by Graduate Division
Instruction Begins 9/27
Training 9/28
BioMed 200

Training with Karianne Terry