First year graduate students at Plant & Microbial Biology rotate through the various labs during their first year of acceptance to the program. They are given a glimpse into the day-to-day workings of each lab, and can decide best where they would like to stay and study and research. Once decided, most graduate students stay with the lab they've chosen throughout the remainder of their Ph.D. program at UC Berkeley. Most, but not all, PMB graduate students choose to affiliate with a PMB lab. Others go to Molecular Cell Biology, Energy Biosciences Institute, and other locations on or near campus.