The American Slovenian Education Foundation (ASEF) is committed to advancing the state of science and education. Our fellowship program provides financial support for students, allowing them to focus on their research. Fellowships build lasting relationships between ASEF and academic institutions.
ASEF is pleased to announce the award of its first 3 grants: 2 at Stanford University and 1 at Santa Clara University.
Marinka Žitnik is a PhD student in computer science at University of Ljubljana. She received her BSc in computer science and mathematics from University of Ljubljana in 2012. Her research interests are at the intersection of artificial intelligence and computational biology. She focuses on ways of fusing many heterogeneous data sources. Her research is driven by current challenges in bioinformatics, systems and molecular biology. Through integrative computational analysis she aims to identify the most promising candidate genes that biologists can investigate further experimentally. In her free time, Marinka also edits XRDS Crossroads, the ACM magazine for students, and is active in the Google Anita Borg community.
Read Marinka's reflections of her visit.
Whatch Marinka's and Niko's stories about the visit.
Niko Colnerič is coming from Mestinje, in the East of Slovenia. From an early age he liked mathematics and physics and after finishing high school in Celje, he obtained his BSc in Computer Science in Ljubljana. Currently, Niko is a first year PhD student at Faculty of Computer and Information Science where his main focus is on data mining challenges and high-dimensional data analysis. In his free time he loves cycling and paragliding.
Read Niko's reflections of his visit.
Whatch Niko's and Marinka's stories about the visit.
Matej Cepin (the Santa Clara awardee) has already completed his project in May 2014. This is what he wrote. "The aim of my study visit was to deepen my knowledge about Social Entrepreneurship and Business Incubators and to be able to transfer some of successful practices back to Slovenia in the future. The core activity was the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) Conference. (Matej was later offered a mentorship at the Center for Science, Technology and Society at Santa Clara and become a research fellow there.) Other events included 1-to-1 meetings, participation in smaller events and visiting institutions, including a fundraising dinner at SCU, presentation of innovations in Frugal Lab (SCU) and meeting the Slovenian Bay Area Community. The journey was a meaningful learning experience in the fields of social entrepreneurship, social impact measurement, fundraising nonprofits and social enterprises, marketing in social entrepreneurship, social media, managing coworking spaces and incubators of social enterprises. I saw several business models in action, expanded my social network and got an empowering experience of mentorship from Fr. Peter Rožič SJ."
Whatch Matej's story about the visit.
Matej's visit to Dr. Božo Cerar, Ambassador of Slovenia to the US