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]mail.com 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