Trini NASA interns need funding

Stu­dents of the Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies who were se­lect­ed to be part of an in­tern­ship at the Na­tion­al Aero­nau­tics and Space Ad­min­is­tra­tion in the US are fear­ful their dreams may not come through due to a lack of fund­ing. The pro­gramme be­gins in one month.

The 10-week in­tern­ship, which is done in part­ner­ship with the Na­tion­al In­sti­tute of High­er Ed­u­ca­tion, Re­search, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy (NI­HERST), would cost the stu­dents some $86,000 TT each. 20-year-old Tevin Achong is pur­su­ing a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in com­put­er sci­ence and was se­lect­ed to par­take in the in­tern­ship fo­cused on deep learn­ing for satel­lite im­agery. In an at­tempt to raise the mon­ey, he has start­ed a go­fundme page from which he was able to re­ceive $20,000. While he is eter­nal­ly grate­ful for the sup­port re­ceived so far, he re­mains fear­ful that he may not raise the mon­ey in time. To make a do­na­tion to Tevin, he can be con­tact­ed at tev­ina­[email protected]­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

21-year-old Gabrielle Moti­lal who ma­jors in Physics and is do­ing a dou­ble mi­nor in En­vi­ron­men­tal Physics and Ma­te­r­i­al Sci­ences at UWI was se­lect­ed to pur­sue an in­tern­ship fo­cused on nano-tech­nol­o­gy in elec­tron­ics and sen­sor de­vel­op­ment.

Moti­lal has been search­ing for cor­po­rate spon­sors since she found out the news ear­li­er this month but has been un­able to source any fund­ing. To make a do­na­tion to Gabrielle, she can be con­tact­ed at gabrielle.moti­[email protected] for more in­for­ma­tion.

In to­tal there would be 6 Trin­bag­on­ian stu­dents en­gaged in the in­tern­ship; three who are cur­rent­ly study­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies (UWI) and three who are cur­rent­ly study­ing in the US and Cana­da.

- by Rishard Khan