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Ema Mujic

Ema is a second year Master of Public Health (MPH) student at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health studying Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (MCHEPI) as a trainee at UIC’s Center of Excellence in MCH, and Pharmacoepidemiology. She has a B.S. in Health Sciences with a concentration in Bioscience, a minor in Biological Sciences, and a certificate in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Ema plans to gain a PhD in MCHEPI after her MPH. 

The BAPA Scholarship will help me cover part of my graduate school tuition, provide financial support to attend national conferences to present my research, and allow me to grow my professional network within the Bosnian-American community.

Melika Konjicanin

Melika graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from University of Florida. During her time at University of Florida, she completed an Exchange Study Abroad Program in Vicenza, Italy in Spring 2017. Currently, Melika is entering her last semester of Master of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In recent past she had an opportunity to work on community-based and NGO- driven architecture project Most Mira (Peace Bridge) in her home country Bosnia and Herzegovina. This project has allowed her to learn the importance of involving the community in design making decisions, but also the challenges of construction in the landscape where resources are limited, economically and ecologically. In the close future, Melika is interested to continue her architecture interest in community – based projects both in her country of origin Bosnia and Herzegovina and the USA.

BAPA Scholarship will contribute to my personal development, both through my graduate architectural degree and community – based involvement. I hope to use this award as an opportunity to expand my research interest in finding ways of using architecture as a tool to direct Bosnian communities towards a more sustainable and economically stable future. There is a call for change in Bosnia and Herzegovina and I believe that change begins with the visible and the tangible. It begins with architecture.

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