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Prešeren Prize for Students

Prešeren Prize for Students

Jure Žavbi, Lara Wolf, Katja Markič and Urša Majcen

Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television, University of Ljubljana

The master's thesis performance Krik: prvi glas (A Scream: The First Sound) has been created by Urša Majcen, Katja Markič, Lara Wolf and Jure Žavbi. This performance, which confronts us, utterly unprepared, with the taboo topic of child and teen abuse, from scenes that shock us with their documentary nature to symbolic comments that convince and overwhelm us through their theatrical character, "does not give in to pathos or voyeuristic pleasure, nor the unnecessary and harmful romanticisation or aestheticisation of pain." Such a complex topic, which not even psychology and sociology have managed to study in full, can only be discussed through constant re-examination of civilisational and ethical patterns. It is here that the power and artistic potential of the performance A Scream: The First Sound come to the fore.



Žan Lobnik Cimerman

Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana

In his master's thesis, Žan Lobnik Cimerman studied the moss flora of selected Natura 2000 forest and bog habitat types in the Pohorje Mountains. He compared individual habitat types in terms of their moss species composition, based on which he evaluated various environmental parameters of the areas studied. This thesis provides detailed insight into the moss diversity and ecology in the Pohorje Mountains. Cimerman currently works as a junior researcher in the Botany and Plant Physiology Programme at the Department of Biology of the University of Ljubljana Biotechnical Faculty, and continues his research on bryology.


Žiga Vogrin

Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana

With his award-winning master's thesis Žiga Vogrin completed his master's programme in Agronomy in 2022. His thesis advisor was Prof. Boris Lazarević at the University of Zagreb's Faculty of Agronomy and his co-advisor was Prof. Dominik Vodnik at the University of Ljubljana's Biotechnical Faculty. The thesis deals with eustress, or beneficial stress, which is increasingly used in modern agricultural production to make plants stronger and achieve a higher-quality yield. Its results, which are valuable for both the basic discipline and application in practice (i.e., light regime management for growing vegetables in a controlled environment), have been presented in a research article published in the journal Scientia Horticulturae.



Ana Jerman

Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana

Ana Jerman is the recipient of the 2022 Vurnik Student Award and the BIG SEE Perspektivni architecture design award. In addition to being a full-time student, she has been involved in numerous projects and received various awards in Slovenia and abroad. With this design the author addresses issues related to a largely invisible part of any community: people with disabilities. The concept of this master's thesis proceeds from Jerman's own experience, which provides her with deep insights into the problems faced by vulnerable groups. Due to the exceptional social topicality of the issue and the comprehensive approach applied by the author, this thesis provides an outstanding contribution to the discipline and presents practical opportunities for changing our reality.



Kris Antolinc

Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana

Kris Antolinc completed his master's programme at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology in 2023, and his master's thesis on the photoredox arylation of heterocyclic diazonium tetrafluoroborates, which he wrote under the guidance of his thesis advisor, Prof. Jurij Svete, is of outstanding value. He coupled four different diazonium salts with various heteroarenes in the presence of a photocatalyst and green light into 18 final products, and proposed a radical reaction mechanism based on the established kinetic profiles of reactions.


Jakob Božič

Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana

Jakob Božič completed his master's programme in Data Science at the University of Ljubljana's Faculty of Computer and Information Science in 2022. He already examined deep learning in his undergraduate thesis and, in his master's thesis, explored the visual detection of surface defects in collaboration with the Visual Cognitive Systems Laboratory. Under the guidance of his thesis advisors, Prof. Danijel Skočaj and Research Fellow Domen Tabernik, he examined the entire range of methods for the visual detection of surface defects, from unsupervised to fully supervised, and proposed mixed supervision as the best method. 



Mihael Boštjan Končar

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana

Mihael Boštjan Končar has a master's degree in mechanical engineering. He is currently completing his doctoral degree and continuing his career at the University of Ljubljana's Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. He carried out research for the award-winning master's thesis at the Reactor Engineering Division of the Jožef Stefan Institute. Under the guidance of his thesis advisors, Prof. Mihael Sekavčnik and Mitja Uršič, he explored the melt-coolant interaction that occurs in the reactor in the event of a severe core meltdown. He developed his own phase change model for film boiling simulations in a subcooled flow. He presented the proposed methods at two international conferences, where he also received the Young Author Award.


Alina Bezlaj

Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

Alina Bezlaj has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Maribor and a master's degree in cultural and social anthropology from the University of Ljubljana. She currently works as a junior researcher at the Institute of Criminology of the University of Ljubljana's Faculty of Law. Her award-winning master's thesis explores the formation of an urban community in Dublin's Ballymun. It explains the historical reasons behind the construction of this social housing estate and uses the ethnographic method to analyse the residents' perceptions of space and efforts to improve their neighbourhood during a time of changed social policies, and the neighbourhood's social decline and urban renewal.


Peter Černe

Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

In 2019, Peter Černe earned a bachelor's degree in general linguistics at the University of Ljubljana's Faculty of Arts and a bachelor's degree in theological studies at the University of Ljubljana's Faculty of Theology. In 2022, he earned a master's degree in general linguistics at the University of Ljubljana's Faculty of Arts. During his studies, he paid special attention to Hungarian and, among other things, was involved in the preparation of Učbenik madžarščine za Slovence 2 (Hungarian: Textbook for Slovenians 2), which was published by the Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts. His master's thesis explores the number of cases in Hungarian grammar. Based on an exhaustive and systematic overview, and a critical examination of various analyses of Hungarian cases, he proposed a final list of eighteen cases.



Luka Pušnik

Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana

During his studies Luka Pušnik, a graduate of the University of Ljubljana's Faculty of Medicine, was actively involved in research. In the 2022/2023 academic year, he completed a research assignment under the guidance of his advisor Žiga Snoj and co-advisor Igor Serša, in which he explored whether the morphometric parameters of the peripheral nerve affect the diffusion tensor indices. He conducted his research using a high-resolution and high-field-strength MRI system. After completing his master's programme, Pušnik is continuing his research as a teaching assistant at the Institute of Anatomy of the University of Ljubljana's Faculty of Medicine.



Mateja Gubenšek

Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana

In her master's thesis, which she produced under the guidance of Milena Košak Babuder and Mojca Poredoš, Mateja Gubenšek explored the important and always timely issue of how students with and without deficits in specific learning areas experience stress and stress-related factors. The results and findings she obtained by studying the correlations between stress experience, coping strategies and psychological resilience in the two aforementioned groups of students can be applied in practice by all professionals working with elementary school students, and especially those with deficits in specific learning areas.


Peter Šujica

Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana

Peter Šujica completed his first-cycle programme at the University of Ljubljana's Faculty of Law with a record average grade of 9.97. During his studies, he contributed in crucial ways to the publication of the second edition of the most extensive Slovenian legal volume to date, Veliki znanstveni komentar Kazenskega zakonika (The Great Scholarly Commentary on the Penal Code), which contains over 4,000 pages. His award-winning master's thesis, which he produced under the guidance of Prof. Damjan Korošec, provides an original explanation of one of the most complex criminal law issues: the crime of improper omission. His explanation derives from the leading principle of control over risk as the reason for attributing liability in a specific case.