Alyssa Mike of San Fernando and Valmiki Ramroop of Cunupia engaged in cutting-edge research under the mentorship of top minds at the NASA Ames Research Centre in California, USA. Mike and Ramroop were part of a select group of international students that participated in the esteemed NASA International Internship Program (NASA I2). A BSc. student of Engineering (Biomedical Computation) at Stanford University, 21 year old Mike conducted research on a project entitled “Biosensor Development.”

The project involved investigating avenues that demonstrated the sensor functionality in a variety of testing conditions, e.g. water quality monitoring and devices that integrate one or several laboratory functions for astronaut health monitoring. Meanwhile 23 year old Ramroop, a MSc. student of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at New York University engaged in “Nanotechnology in Electronics and Sensor Development.” His project looked at the use of nanomaterials for Sensor Development in Chemical and Electronic purposes. It included material growth, characterisation, device fabrication, device testing and evaluation, reliability and lifetime assessment of nanomaterials.

The NASA International Internship Program (NASA I²) is a structured agency-wide program that provides a collaborative environment in which non-U.S. interns (university undergraduate level students) or fellows (university graduate level students) are able to work alongside international peers. Following the signing of an agreement between NIHERST and NASA in 2012, (which was subsequently renewed in 2015), the NASA I² program was developed to facilitate a structured educational exchange among students from Trinidad and Tobago, U.S. interns and visiting university students from abroad, under the mentorship of a member of NASA’s science and engineering workforce.

NIHERST Board Installed

On Wednesday 16th August 2017, the NIHERST Board of Governors was installed at a simple ceremony at the Ministry of Education, #5 St Vincent Street. Board members received their instruments of Appointment from The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education... Read More

First ICGEB Early Career Grant Winner in T&T

Dr. Rajini Haraksingh is a Human Geneticist and Lecturer in Biotechnology in the Dept. of Life Sciences at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. In 2013, she was awarded a Junior Scientist Award from NIHERST for her research on human genomic variation and she was recently awarded an ICGEB Early Career Return Grant over the next three years to investigate the underlying genetics of Diabetes in the Trinidad and Tobago population. Read More

NYSC 2017 delegates off to the U.S.

The Embassy of the United States of America in collaboration with NIHERST is pleased to announce that Cheziah Phillip of Toco Secondary School and Ricardo Ramlogan of Iere High School have been selected as the two most promising young scientific leaders in Trinidad & Tobago. Read More

FIRST LEGO League Open For Registration

On your mark, get set, flow! Drink in the 2017/2018 HYDRO DYNAMICSSM season and learn all about water – how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it. In the 2017/2018 FIRST® LEGO® League... Read More

Trinidad and Tobago Students to Join Top Minds at NASA

Alyssa Mike of San Fernando and Valmiki Ramroop of Cunupia are about to engage in cutting-edge research under the mentorship of top minds at the NASA Ames Research Centre in California, USA. Mike and Ramroop are now part of a select group of international students to participate in the esteemed NASA International Internship Program (NASA I2). Read More

Local ICT Workshops and Girls’ Hackathon

In honour of International Girls in ICT Day, NIHERST hosted 108 female students for a series of information and communication technology (ICT) workshops and a hackathon. Read More

Trinidad and Tobago pioneers with FIRST® LEGO® League

The National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST), with the support of the Ministry of Education and 2016/2017 social investment partner Shell Trinidad Ltd., has made history for this nation. Trinidad and Tobago has blazed a trail as the first country in the English speaking Caribbean to host the global FIRST ® LEGO ® League programme, and it’s National Championship. Read More

The Call for the Collaborative Research Programme (CRP) of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) Research Grants 2017 is now open. Applicants holding positions at Universities or Research Institutes within Trinidad and Tobago are invited to submit proposals, as per guidelines found at: For more information, please contact Mrs. Joanne Chin Sang, ICGEB Liaison Officer, International Projects Unit, NIHERST at or 622-7505 ext. 3305

Local Student Seismologists Capture Earthquake Readings Earthquakes, Not Hurricanes, Likely To be Largest Disaster Faced by T&T

Arima North Secondary School, one of seven schools participating in the Seismology in Schools (SIS) programme, has captured seismic readings at their school after last evening’s 6.2 magnitude earthquake, and the 4.4 and 4.9 aftershocks that followed. Read More