RESEARCH AREAS DETAILS

Law

English Literature

Political and social studies

  • Sheffield University, UK, prof. Peter J. Verovšek.
    Research projects: Peter works in international political theory. His research examines how socially mediated collective memories serve as resources for political innovation in the aftermath of broad historical ruptures. He is currently starting a new project examining flexible approaches to the implementation of the emerging global transitional justice norm.
  • University of Oklahoma, prof. Ana Bračič
    Research projects: Research is predominantly in the field of comparative politics, and focuses on questions of human rights, discrimination, the persistence of social exclusion. Prof. Bracic mostly relies on lab-in-field and survey experiments that use innovative approaches to measurement, like videogames. Prof. Bracic is a co-founder of Community Engagement + Experiments Lab (CEEL) at the University of Oklahoma. The ASEF fellow would take part in a CEEL project involving an election exit poll in Oklahoma City, in fall 2018.

Computer science

  • University of Southern California, prof. Jernej Barbič
    Research projects: Jernej is looking for a student with interests in computer simulation, computer graphics, interactive physics, visual effects for film, medical simulation, finite element methods and model reduction. Minimum requirement: undergraduate GPA at least 9.0 (Slovenian scale, or equivalent). Eligible majors: computer science, physics, mathematics, mechanical engineering.
  • University of Toronto, Canada, prof. Sanja Fidler
    Research projects: Focus on computer vision, and intersection between vision and language. Applications of machine learning, with the focus on deep learning, to problems such as image and video understanding, captioning, question-answering, fashion modeling from photos, and music generation.
  • Stanford University, prof. Jure Leskovec.
    Research projects: Projects focusing on data science and modeling of human activity traces. Analysis of large social and information networks. Applications of recommender systems, machine learning and data mining to big data problems.
  • University of California Berkeley, prof. Dawn Song.
    Research projects: using deep-learning to do program synthesis in various domains, exploring new techniques and applications in deep-learning and machine learning for security, addressing security issues of deep-learning, developing an AI system for automatic data analysis and science, and develop novel secure decentralized systems using blockchains and smart contracts.

Biology

  • University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, prof. Mihaela Pavličev
    Research projects: Prof. Mihaela Pavličev is evolutionary biologist working in human medical field. Dr. Pavličev studies evolutionary history of mammalian pregnancy and its relevance for understanding the causes of current pregnancy defects, primarily focused on preterm birth. We use comparative approach and a range of empirical and computational tools, including animal and in vitro models, as well as tissue, and single-cell transcriptomics.

Marine and Environmental Affairs

  • University of Washington Seattle, prof. Nives Dolšak.
    Research projects: Prof. Nives Dolšak studies environmental policy at the international, national, and sub-national level in the U.S. and in EU. Her current research projects examine (1) the role of civil society and media in environmental policy adoption; (2) private sector's activities in climate change mitigation and adaptation; and (3) the role of social media in corporate environmentalism.

Computational and molecular biology

  • University of California, San Francisco, prof. Andrej Šali.
    Research projects: Projects that use large-scale computational models grounded in the laws of physics and evolution to study the structure and function of proteins. Develop methods for: Predicting the structures of proteins; Determining the structures of macromolecular assemblies; And, annotating the functions of proteins using their structures.
  • University of California, San Francisco, prof. Matija Peterlin.
    Research projects: Molecular biology, immunology, virology and genetics to tackle intractable immunodeficiencies, be they the bare lymphocyte syndrome or AIDS. These approaches also find resonance in autoimmunity and cancer.
  • University of California, Riverside, prof. Jernej Murn
    Research projects: Projects are geared towards understanding how control of gene expression at the RNA level allows cells to make decisions, respond to the environment, and communicate with one another, as well as how misregulation of RNA processing leads to cellular dysfunction and disease. We pursue these problems in two major biological settings: 1) neuronal differentiation and development of neurological disorders, and 2) stem cell maintenance, with an eye toward a related process of cancer development. We employ a broad range of biochemical, genetic, cellular, bioengineering, and computational approaches to obtain a systems-level understanding of the regulatory roles of RNA-protein and RNA-RNA interactions.

Medicine and Dentistry

  • University of Utah, prof. David Križaj.
    Research projects: The Krizaj lab studies ocular neurobiology, specifically the molecular mechanisms that mediate the transduction of mechanical stress in diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and ocular trauma. The experimental approaches combine electrophysiology, optical imaging, molecular genetics and generation of transgenic animal models with ablated genes that encode different mechanosensitive ion channels. Their studies are supported by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense and private foundations.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, prof. Janina Golob Deeb.
    Research projects: Clinical rotations can be arranged in undergraduate general dental clinics, Graduate Clinics in Advanced Education in General Dentistry, Periodontics, Endodontics, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery. Research projects: Dynamic and Static Navigation in Oral Implantology, Retrospective analysis of clinical procedures: Analysis of different techniques for horizontal ridge augmentation prior to implant placement. Clinical in collaboration with MCV Medical Center: The association of Periodontal disease on gut microbiota in Cirrhosis patients.

Physics

  • University of California Davis, prof. Maruša Bradač
    Research projects: The cosmic Dark Ages (time when the Universe was filled with neutral hydrogen that acts like fog and makes the Universe opaque to visible light) are thought to have ended around 500 million years after the Big Bang when early light sources produced enough energetic photons to ionize the neutral hydrogen. This era is referred to as reionization and is also an era of the formation of the first galaxies. But when exactly did reionization occur and how long did it last? What were the sources responsible for ionizing the neutral gas? Was it the first galaxies? Now for the first time we can peer far enough into space (and therefore backwards enough in time) to answer these questions. In this project, researchers will use galaxy clusters as cosmic telescopes that, similar to ordinary glass lenses, magnify objects behind them. We will look for magnified galaxies that formed in the early history of the Universe. The researchers will have access to the data from the best telescopes, Spitzer, Hubble Space Telescope HST, and the new James Webb Space Telescope JWST in the future, that play complimentary roles in this effort.
  • Rutgers University, prof. Kristjan Haule
    Research projects: Developing the concepts, algorithms and computational tools needed to handle many-body quantum systems to predict the quantum dynamics of electrons and ions in solids.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, prof. Robert Jeraj
    Research projects: The main research focus of the Image-Guided Therapy Group is understanding tumor heterogeneity, and the related origins and development of treatment resistance. We are studying tumor heterogeneity and treatment resistance in numerous clinical trials with extensive imaging endpoints for different types of interventions, such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy and molecular targeted therapies (e.g., VEGFR TKI, AR-directed therapies). We are developing a number of imaging biomarkers based on quantitative molecular imaging techniques to quantify spatio-temporal development of tumor heterogeneity and treatment resistance. We are modeling tumor progression based on imaging inputs to better understand complex relationships leading to tumor heterogeneity and treatment resistance.
  • Villanova University, prof. Andrej Prša
    Research projects: Computational astrophysics, involving the development of the theoretical framework for modeling eclipsing binary and multiple systems, solving the radiative transfer problem in contact binaries, parameter estimation using machine learning and artificial neural networks, modeling transiting exoplanets and circumbinary objects with Kepler/K2 data, developing variable star metrics for the ongoing mission Gaia and upcoming Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.
  • University of California Berkeley, prof. Uroš Seljak
    Research projects: Theoretical, observational, and numerical astrophysics and cosmology, data science applied to large astronomical datasets.
  • University of Cincinnati, prof. Jure Zupan
    Research projects: Theoretical particle physics with emphasis on rare processes involving flavor changing neutral currents, the properties of dark matter both in direct and indirect detection, as well as collider physics, including Higgs physics. Major common themes are searches beyond the standard model and uses of effective field theories.

Mechanical Engineering

  • Princeton University, prof Andrej Košmrlj
    Research projects: Projects at the intersection of mechanics, physics and biology. Projects are focused on investigation of mechanical metamaterials, mechanics of structures, statistical mechanics of shells, and morphogenesis during the embryonic development.

Electrical Engineering

  • University of Wyoming, prof Domen Novak
    Research projects: Our research focuses on human-machine interaction. We are primarily interested in virtual reality and computer games for physical exercise, but also carry out studies on automated recognition of mental states from physiological responses, low back exoskeletons, computer games for memory training, and similar technologies.

Materials Science

  • North Carolina State University, prof. Zlatko Sitar
    Research projects: Thin film and bulk crystal growth of wide bandgap III-nitride semiconductors; heteroepitaxial growth of diamond thin films; silicon on diamond technology; field emission from carbon materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the important dates?
Call for applications opens on December 10 2017 Applications are due February 15 2018 We anticipate making final decisions by April 1 2018
When will the visit take place?
The exact time of the visit is flexible and will be discussed with the particular research group and the professor. Roughly, the visit takes place sometime during the summer (June to September).
Do students need health insurance?
Students need health insurance. For example, Coris Adriatic Slovenica or Vzajemna.
What is the fellowship amount?
ASEF will work with the fellows to identify funding sources to help cover all expenses of the fellow: airfare, housing, and living expenses. In general, students will stay with a Slovenian family and then work with the professor at a university.
What is the review procedure?
In addition to considering the research plan and recommendations presented in each application, the Scientific Advisory Committee must give weight to the many intangibles involved, including interpretation of the Foundation's objectives. The Committee ranks the candidates and the Board of Directors then votes to approve the fellowships.
What are student’s obligations to ASEF?
The selected fellows will become part of the ASEF Alumni Club, where they are expected to participate at the ASEF promotional activities, help advertising the ASEF Fellowship and other programs, and act as peer mentors for future fellows, to help educating them about the USA/Canada/UK culture and preparing them for the research visit.
Who were past ASEF fellows?
Summer 2017:
- Gorazd Čibej (Harvard University, Law)
- Teja Golobič (Cleveland State University, Law)
- Kaj Jež (University of Washington Seattle, Marine and Environmental Affairs)
- Žiga Gosar (Princeton University, Mechanical Engineering)
- Jaka Kukavica (Georgetown University, Law)
- Urška Lampret (University of Sheffield, Political Science)
- Marija Lukič (Virginia Commonwealth University, Dentistry)
- Tilen Marc (Stanford University, Computer Science)
- Aleš Omerzel (UC Berkeley, Computer Science)
- Ajda Rojc (UC San Francisco, Biology)
- Luka Starčevič (Princeton University, Mechanical Engineering)
- Robert Vidmar (UC San Francisco, Biology)
- Angelika Vižintin (University of Cincinnati, Evolutionary Biology)
- Patrik Zajec (Stanford University, Computer Science)

Summer 2016:
- Aleksandar Dimitriev (Stanford University, Computer Science)
- Veronika Cencen (Princeton University, Mechanical Engineering)
- Vid Kocijan (Stanford University, Computer Science)
- Neven Polajnar (Harvard University, Political Science)
- Joze Rožanec (UC Berkeley, Computer Science)
- Jan Rozman (Princeton University, Mechanical Engineering)
- Matej Srebre (UC Berkeley, Physics)
- Kaja Travnik (Harvard University, Political Science)
- Matej Vizovišek (UC San Francisco, Biology)

Summer 2015:
- Aljaž Gaber (UC San Francisco, Biology)
- Filip Kozarski (UC Berkeley, Astrophysics)
- Andraž Hribernik (Stanford, Computer Science)
- Peter Us (UC Berkeley, Computer Science)

Summer 2014:
- Matej Cepin (University of Santa Clara, Social studies)
- Niko Colnerič (Stanford, Computer Science)
- Marinka Žitnik (Stanford, Computer Science)

Feel free to reach out to them directly and ask them about their experiences.