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.


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. For example, former scholars have spent the summer in the highlands of Guatemala working on medicinal plant and microgreen research at the Barbara Ford Center for Peace. Other scholars have volunteered at ARCAS, an organization in Guatemala which rescues and rehabilitates wild animals. All travel, housing, and research activity expenses are fully covered by the program. 

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2017: Colin Brice and Jaime Ragos 
2018: Emily Leahey
2019: Ashlyn Anderson


Key In-country Partners

Student Scholar Selection Process

Two to three students will be selected each December through an application and interview process. Applications are due in November (exact date will be announced). Contact the UTIA Smith International Center (UTIAglobal@utk.edu) to express interest and for an official 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: 
UTIA Smith Center for International Sustainable Agriculture
101 McCord Hall