Student prizes

Joseph Velikonja Undergraduate Prize

The Society for Slovene Studies has established a prize for the best essay or term paper in any discipline written by an undergraduate on a topic involving Slovene studies. The Society intends the award to stimulate interest in Slovene matters among younger scholars and thereby contribute to the promotion of Slovene studies in the United States and Canada.


  • The prize is awarded at the annual business meeting of the Society in November.
  • The application deadline is 1 October 2018.
  • The annual prize is US $1,000.
  • Students in any discipline at any accredited college or university in the United States or Canada interested in Slovene studies may apply, provided that they are currently registered as undergraduates at the time of application, or within six months of their last registration as an undergraduate.
  • Applicants should send one copy of the paper (no longer than thirty-five (35) pages, double-spaced, to: Timothy Pogacar, editor; Slovene Studies, 203 Shatzel Hall, Bowling Green SU; Bowling Green, OH 43403
  • A cover letter should contain: full name, signature, postal and e-mail addresses, phone number and the name of the institution where currently registered, the number and title of the course in which the paper was written, the title of the paper, and the name, addresses (postal and e-mail) and phone number of the faculty mentor for whom the paper was written.

Rado L. Lencek Graduate Student Prize

The Society for Slovene Studies has established a monetary prize for the best paper in any discipline written by a graduate student on a topic involving Slovene studies. The Society intends the award to stimulate interest in Slovene matters among younger scholars, and thereby contribute to the promotion of Slovene studies outside the borders of the Republic of Slovenia.

This prize is named for Rado L. Lencek (1921-2005), the founding president of the Society for Slovene Studies.

  • The Society formally announces the competition for The Society for Slovene Studies Graduate Student Prize, which will be awarded at the annual business meeting of the society.
  • The Executive Council of the Society has determined that the monetary portion of the prize will be US$1,000. The winner of the prize will also receive a written attestation of the award.
  • To promote Slovene Studies outside the Republic of Slovenia, the Society for Slovene Studies Selection Committee will consider papers in any discipline related to Slovenia and Slovenes, which were authored while a graduate student, and submitted for consideration within two years of last registration.
  • To apply, students should send one copy of the paper (no longer than thirty-five (35) double-spaced pages in length) to Timothy Pogacar, editor, Slovene Studies, Shatzel Hall 203, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green OH 43403 USA. The deadline for receipt of submissions is 1 October 2018. An electronic copy of the paper will be appreciated as well. Papers will not be returned unless return postage is provided. On a cover sheet, the applicant should provide full name, signature, postal and e-mail addresses, phone number, the name of the institution where currently registered, the number and title of the course in which the paper was written, the title of the paper, and the name, addresses and phone number of the faculty mentor for whom the paper was written. The applicant should also indicate whether the paper is simultaneously being submitted for possible publication in Slovene Studies. To ensure impartial evaluation, the applicant's name and affiliation should not appear in the body of the paper itself. Applicants may submit as many papers as they want, and they may apply as often as they want in subsequent years, but no individual may win more than one award.
  • The winner will be notified immediately upon the final decision of a panel of evaluators selected by the SSS Executive Council. The winner's name will appear in the subsequent issue of the SSS Letter.

Joseph Velikonja Prize - past winners

2014 - Gregory Chapman (University of Washington), "Brothers by Blood, Strangers by Culture: Balkanism and Europeanism as Cultural Justifications for Slovenian Independence"

2012 - Andrej Markovčič (University of Washington), "The Nietzschean Ideal in Vladimir Bartol's Al-Araf"

2005 - Darrell Kendall (Bowling Green State U), "Economic Development in Slovenia: A Case Study of Post-Socialist Success"

2005 - Andrea Barton (UC San Diego), "To Have Your Cake and Eat It Too"

Rado L. Lencek Prize - past winners

2016 - Kaitlyn Tucker (University of Chicago) "Experience as Device: Traces of Russian Formalism in the Ljubljana School of the 1970s"

2014 - Cyrus Rodgers (University of Washington) "Encoding Suppressed Societal Trauma in Slovene Literary and Visual Arts: Boris Pahor and Lojze Spacal, Drago Jančar and Stane Kregar"

2013 - Veronica Muskheli (University of Washington) "The Alternation of Past and Present Tenses in Slovenian and Russian Wonder Tales and its Structural Pattern-Forming Role in the Narrative"

2013 - Olivia Hellewell (University of Nottingham) "Translating Dane Zajc's 'Krokar': A Commentary"

2011 - Egor Fedotov (University of Aberdeen), "Ethnic Politics in Austria: Language Conflict and the 'A-Rationality' of Slovene Minority Organizations"

2010 - Andrew Mullins (University of Washington), “On the Border: National Construction in Finland and Slovenia, Minority Policy, and the Nationalism of Minor Difference”

2008 - Brian Pozun (Columbia University), "European Monetary Union, Theory and Practice: The Slovene Euro and the Future of the EMU"

2007 - Gretchen A. Bakke (University of Chicago), “Contemporary Slovene Art and Artifice”

2006 - Gregor Kranjc (University of Toronto), “Obligatory Hatred?: The Anti-Semitism of the Slovene Anti-Communist Opposition”

2004 - Sean O'Rourke (Linguistics, Yale University), "On Syntactic and Prosodic Domains of Clitic Placement in Slovene"

2003 - Maria K. Arko Klemenc (Ethnomusicology, University of California, Berkeley), "Innovating Identity: The Instrumental Folk Revival in Slovenia"

2001 - Mark J. Jones (Linguistics, Trinity College, Cambridge University), "The Status of the `Syllabic' Trill in Slovene: a Phonological and Phonetic Analysis"

2000 - Patrick Hyder Patterson, Ph.D. candidate (Department of History at the University of Michigan), "The East is Read: The End of Communism, Slovenian Exceptionalism, and the Independent Journalism of Mladina"