Social Activities


Many of our students are active in extracurricular activities. Some students' hobbies are photography, yoga, swimming, surfing, marathon running, gaming, volunteer work, and just hangin' out. The MBET program is closely tied to the BCSO (Biological Chemistry Student Organization) — our departmental student organization. The BCSO is very active, doing social work & volunteering, social outings & their infamous BBQs.


Galveston Island is on the Texas Gulf coast in the United States, about 45 miles south-east of Houston. Galveston celebrates various festivities throughout the year. The largest crowds, sometimes in excess of 250,000 people, are typically partying at Mardi Gras, or Lone Star Rally — the yearly Texas motorcycle festival. Other incredibly fun options on the island are Dickens on the Strand — a throwback weekend into Victorian times, the regular Historic Homes Tours, the new Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Moody Gardens, the Art Walk which occurs approximately every 6 weeks, various triathlons and 5k runs, the Grand 1894 Opera House — where many famous actors/musicians perform, and more.

Other Links of Interest

UTMB Living
An introduction to the wealth of living options available to those joining our UTMB family.

The Graduate Student Organization, the central group for graduate students.

UTMB Office of Student Life
Check out the University-wide student culture.

Stipends, Benefits & Housing
Information on stipends, health care, tuition, cost of living everything financially related to the program.