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Issue 13 MSc Presenting Alumni

Iwona Kotlarska: “Things that are fun are usually also the things that are good in life”

It is time to talk to another immensely interesting alumna of ours – this time, Iwona Kotlarska. Iwona participated at S3++ in 2017 and is currently studying towards a master’s degree in computer science, as well as a bachelor’s in mathematics. So, Iwona, why don’t you give us a short introduction for a start?

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Academic Life Issue 12 PhD Presenting Alumni

Cédric Lood: “I’ve always felt that education is not a process that you complete but rather a continuous effort”

Today we are more than excited to present another one of our alumni – Cédric Lood. Cédric joined the Summer School of Science in 2018 as a project leader and is currently finishing his PhD in the field of computational biology. Cédric’s path in academia has been highly nonlinear and filled with different adventures and we are happy that he agreed to share his story with us. Let’s dive in!

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Academic Life Issue 9 PI Presenting Alumni

Fran Supek: “I always try to cook up new ideas, otherwise it gets boring!”

Today, it is my pleasure to present an interview with a long-standing alumnus – Fran Supek. Fran was part of S3 for several years, as a project leader and as organizer of the School, and is now an aspiring group leader researching genome biology in Barcelona. So, let’s get to know our S3 PI!

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Issue 8 Nonacademic Presenting Alumni

Alexandre Kempf: Blind shrimp, deaf mice, and how I found a job thanks to a YouTube video


Hi Alex, thank you for finding the time to join us for this interview. We are as happy to have you here in our Presenting Alumni session as we were to have you as a project leader in the last three editions of the S3 camp. Your career story is rather non-linear and filled with disappointing research outcomes, so I believe many young alumni will find it encouraging when they face similar things and decisions themselves. But first things first – how would you introduce yourself?

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Academic Life Issue 7 PostDoc Presenting Alumni

Sebastijan Dumancic: “I like to think about problems and formulating scientific questions “

Thank you Sebastijan for joining our monthly chat with our alumni. We are happy to have you here as our first postdoc. Sebastijan is currently in his second year of postdoc in computer science, working in the exciting field of AI.

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Academic Life High School Issue 6 Presenting Alumni

Vedrana Stantić: “My S3 story didn’t end in Požega”

Hi Vedrana, thank you for joining us for this interview. Being in the final year of high school, you are the youngest member of the S3 alumni network that we’ve interviewed so far. However, that doesn’t mean you lack experience: you’ve already lived abroad, attended multiple schools and science camps, and you’ve even had the chance to write a book inspired by the scientists you met! But let’s start from the beginning – can you briefly introduce yourself?

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Academic Life BSc Issue 5 Presenting Alumni

Tamara Tica: “The Bumblekite scholarship is our way of giving back to the S3 community”

Hi Tamara, thank you for joining us for this interview! You are one of our alumni who chose to pursue a non-scientific career, yet your connections to people from S3 brought you back to collaborating with scientists. Before we delve deeper into the story of your bumpy academic ride, let’s get to know you a bit more. How would you introduce yourself?

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Academic Life Issue 4 MSc Presenting Alumni

Matea Balabanovska: “The S3 experience gave me the confidence to apply wherever I want”

Matea, thank you for finding the time to join us for this interview! You will be the first master’s student we will introduce in Presenting Alumni. Furthermore, you are one of our non-Croatian participants, coming from North Macedonia, but you’re doing your studies in the UK. And another interesting fact is that you do some part time research as well? Sounds totally cool!

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Academic Life Issue 3 PhD Presenting Alumni

Nikolina Sostaric: “A PhD is not worth your (mental) health”

Hi, Nikolina, and welcome to our Presenting Alumni session. As it was time to talk to a PhD student, whom better to choose than a long-standing alumna. For those who don’t know, Nikolina has participated in the school five times, and this year would have been her sixth!

But before we dwell into more details, let’s get to know you…

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Academic Life BSc Issue 2 Presenting Alumni

Lajos Palanki: The way you approach a problem is more important than the solution itself

Hello, Lajos! Thank you for joining us in our series of interviews. We decided to talk to you because you were one of the foreign participants of the Summer School. Moreover, you decided to continue your education outside of your home country. In your case, you are studying in the UK, but you’re from Hungary.

Let’s first get to know you a bit more…