​Now accepting applications for the 2018 cohort!


The Milam International Scholars Program provides internship opportunities to UT students to spend four to six weeks in the summer in Guatemala conducting research and extension activities with partner organizations. Funding is available through an endowment provided by a generous local family, the Milams.

2017 Milam Scholars: Colin Brice and Jaime Ragos

This summer two undergraduate students, sophomore Jaime Ragos and senior Colin Brice, spent a month in the highlands of Guatemala working on medicinal plant and microgreen research at the Barbara Ford Center for Peace. Colin helped manage the Center’s integrated agriculture demonstration farm and assisted in identifying and eliminating plant diseases and pests. Jaime helped set up and conduct health and wellness workshops. She also researched and created a medicinal plant manual.


Through local contacts and faculty mentors, the Milam Scholars conduct research and extension projects with local community members related to agriculture and natural resource issues. Scholars have an opportunity to tailor their experience toward their academic and professional interests, as well as gain up to 3-credits for an Independent Study course. All travel, housing, and research activity expenses are fully covered by the program.

Key In-country Partners

Student Scholar Selection Process

Two to three students will be selected each December through an application and interview process. Applications for summer 2018 are due by November 30th, 2017. Contact Dr. Amanda Kaeser to express interest and for an offical application, which will include a request for a CV, an essay of your research interests, and an unofficial transcript.

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For more information, contact: 
Dr. Amanda Kaeser
101 McCord Hall