The ASEF End of the Year Celebration 2022

December 03, 2022 | 7:00 pm | Online

The American Slovenian Education Foundation cordially invites you to

the Virtual End of the Year Celebration 2022

on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 7 PM CET / 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT.

The ASEF End of the Year Celebration is a great occasion to celebrate ASEF’s progress and achievements in 2022.

Every year, a group of motivated scholars is chosen to participate in the ASEF Fellowship program. At the event, you will hear from this year’s Junior Fellows and their mentors, accompanied by musical performances.

Come join us to hear their stories!

Register for the virtual event by December 2, 2022.


The event program

Opening Remarks

The opening remarks will be made by our esteemed guests.

Mr. Andrej Medica, Minister Plenipotentiary – Chargé d’affaires a.i. at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington, and Dr. Igor Papič, Minister of Education, Science and Sport

Mr. Matej Arčon, Minister for Slovenians Abroad, and Dr. Mitja Lainščak, Slovenian Research Agency Director.

ASEF’s Opening Remarks and Achievements in the 2022 Presentation

Mr. Thomas J. Brandi, ASEF President and Honorary Consul of Slovenia in California, and Dr. Jure Leskovec, ASEF Co-Founder and Computer Science Professor at Stanford University.

The ASEF Community Award

ASEF connects many great volunteers and proud Slovenians across the globe who have helped so much growing the ASEF Community.

At the event, ASEF will recognize and celebrate the contribution of an extraordinary volunteer who makes a difference in the community.

We will announce the first ASEF Community Award Winner recognizing the dedication and commitment of most active volunteers in our community.

Some highlights of the program

ASEF Junior Fellows and ASEF Mentors will share their experience of working together and being part of the ASEF Fellowship Program this year.

Antonia Starc, 2022 Junior Fellow from the United States, and Dr. Tomaž Deželan, ASEF Mentor and Professor of Political Science at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Slovenia.


Denis Štepihar and Tadej Jerončič, 2022 Junior Fellows from Slovenia, and Dr. Klementina Fon Tacer, ASEF Mentor and Assistant Professor of Reproductive Biology and Oncology at the Texas Tech University, School of Veterinary Medicine, the United States.


Joseph Mezner, 2022 Junior Fellow from the United States, will talk about his collaboration with Mr. Sašo Šmigić, ASEF Mentor and Head of Asset Management at Generali Investments, Slovenia.

Musical Performances

The event will be accompanied by musical performances by our Junior Fellow.

Jakob Kobal, 2022 Junior Fellow, an accordionist, who is also interested in other theoretical and practical musical aspects. Jakob started his music studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston this year.

Hosts of the celebration

Tjaša Mlakar, 2021 Junior Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in Biomedicine at the University of Ljubljana, and Gašper Podobnik, 2020 Junior Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Imaging at the University of Ljubljana.


The event is supported by the Government Office for Slovenians Abroad.


Celebrate with us and help us raise funds to support young leaders!

Since 2014, ASEF has enabled nearly 200 Slovenian students and students of Slovenian heritage living in the US and elsewhere to work on their research projects with the best mentors at leading universities in the world. Through building bridges between Slovenia and other countries, ASEF contributes to a better, more educated society. Thanks to your charitable contributions, we’re able to support engaged fellows who wish to build a community of educators and leaders of excellence, character, and service.

Consider making your donation to ASEF and help us ensure more educational and training activities for fellows in the next year.

We are grateful for your generosity!

If you prefer to make a donation with a check, please make the check out to the American Slovenian Education Foundation and mail it to:

American Slovenian Education Foundation
Attn: Jure Leskovec
1280 Arbor Rd.
Menlo Park, CA 94025

ASEF is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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