The Microbiology Student Group (MSG) is an interdepartmental collection of students from multiple departments at UC Berkeley and Stanford who share a common interest in microbiology. We meet once a month and hold an annual symposium to celebrate microbiology graduate research. The Microbiology Student Symposium (MSS) is a forum for students researching all topics in microbiology to present their work to an engaged group of students, scientists, and members of the general public interested in microbiology.
Just as the field of microbiology is broad, the research presented at the MSS reflects this with oral and poster presentations on topics ranging from classic microbiology to physics to engineering. With opportunities to present all types of microbiology—research, class projects, and art— we not only attract students across disciplines at UC Berkeley, we also draw students from universities and community colleges across California to attend and participate. The broad scope, relaxed environment, and unintimidating audience of this meeting are important for the success as we strive to meet our goals: to stimulate discussion, education, collaboration, and creativity in microbiology and beyond.