Publish Date: 03.12.2014

Category: News from the University

Today, 3 December, 2014, on the day France Prešeren, the greatest Slovenian poet was born,  and the birthday of the University of Ljubljana, which is celebrating 95 years of its existence, best students on the field of science and art were awarded Prešeren Prizes.

The University of Ljubljana has been awarding the Prešeren Prizes to the best students in the field of science and art for several decades. This year twelve students have proven their excellence with work worthy of special attention from the members of the University of Ljubljana from which they hail, as well as from the commission for Prešeren Prizes for students and University management. “Even though it sometimes seems that the academic hierarchy distinguishes too strictly between the older and younger researchers, teachers and students, the merit of the academic community is that there is a circuit of flowing knowledge between the individual groups within that community,” the rector of the University of Ljubljana, prof. dr. Ivan Svetlik, explained to the audience in the introduction, and added: “I believe that this excellent work was created thanks to the wish to break through to new and unknown areas by asking the right questions, by universally checking the acquired information, and by engaging in discussion with colleagues and mentors.”

The honorary guest at the event was Saša Pavček, an actress, professor at the Academy of Theatre, Film, Radio and Television and the recipient of numerous prizes for artistic achievements. She had the following to say to the recipients of  Prešeren Prizes: “You have proven yourselves as seekers of originality and have thus been deservingly awarded for your exceptional work. You have stepped beyond the boundary of the average, exceeded your creative doubt, allowed yourselves to make mistakes and to draw inspiration from them and to prove yourselves as those who believe, have the know-how and are willing and able. Give your imagination wings, dream with your eyes open and find a new path to the source, where words still have their true meaning.”

The 2014 recipients of the student Prešeren Prizes of the University of Ljubljana are:

  1. NEJC GRM, Academy of Music, for the work titled Artistic Expression on Concert Stages and for recreating new works in the 2013/2014 academic year
  2. RENE MAURIN, Academy of Theatre, Film, Radio and Television, for writing and directing the short film “Bright black”
  3. NIK SUSIČ, Biotechnical Faculty, for the work titled Establishing and Optimizing the Protocol for Transforming Mimulus with the Agrobacterium tumefaciens Bacteria
  4. GAŠPER PLOJ, Faculty of Economics, for the work titled The Effects of Fiscal Policy during Recession and Expansion
  5. MARTIN PELCL, Faculty of Architecture, for the work titled The Architecture of Dialogue
  6. JANJA DERMOL, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, for the work titled The Mathematic Modelling of the Permeabilisation of the Cell Membrane and the Survival of Cells
  7. ŠPELA KOS, Faculty of Pharmacy, for the work titled The Effect of Hypoxia Mimetics on the Epigenic Management of Gene Expression and on the RANK/RANKL/OPG System in Osteoblasts
  8. UROŠ ROZMAN, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodesy, for the work titled The Spatial Siting of the Drava Bicycling Route between Dravograd and Središče ob Dravi
  9. TILEN MARC, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, for the work titled Infinite Median Graphs
  10. ŽIGA LESAR, Faculty of Computer and Information Science, for the work titled Real-Time Visualization of Medical Volumetric Datasets
  11. BLANKA COLNERIČ, Faculty of Education, for the work titled Personal Traits of Children with Mental development Disorder
  12. MONIKA BABNIK and UROŠ DIACCI, Veterinary Faculty, for the work titled The effect of Ostreolysin on the Intracellular Concentration of Ca2+ and the Morphology of the Neuroblastoma and Smooth Muscle Cells


Photos by Željko Stevanić, IFP, d.o.o.