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U of M Honors Student, Jackson Native, Named International Public Policy Fellow University News
For release: April 30, 2010

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Gian Gozum
Gian Gozum
Gian Gozum, a sophomore honors student at the University of Memphis majoring in Asian studies and international trade and in economics, has been awarded a fellowship from the Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP). The IIPP Fellowship is an integrated, six-year international education and training program for underrepresented minority students interested in pursuing careers in international affairs.

Selection as an IIPP fellow is highly competitive and based on a record of academic achievement, leadership potential, and commitment to a career in international affairs. Gozum and the other Fellows will begin their experience this summer by attending a policy institute in Washington, D.C. The fellowship also includes study abroad during the junior year, intensive foreign language training, internships, and financial support for graduate study.

“Gian is a highly motivated and enthusiastic student leader with a strong interest in international affairs,” said Melinda Jones, director of the U of M’s Helen Hardin Honors Program. “I have no doubt that he will fully utilize the tremendous opportunities provided by the IIPP Fellows Program.”

An Emerging Leader and president of the Honors Student Council, Gozum graduated from Madison Academic High School in Jackson, Tenn. His parents are Gil and Sandra Gozum.

“Gian is a talented, hard-working student. He is actively involved in the Chinese Culture Club on campus and is an excellent ambassador for the Asian Studies program at the University of Memphis,” said Dr. Hsiang-te Kung, director of the Confucius Institute and Asian Studies and International Trade program.

“He has aggressively pursued mastering the Chinese language and international studies while embracing the opportunity to lead and serve his University and community,” added Riki Jackson, assistant director of the Confucius Institute and Asian Studies program. “Gian is always willing to share his talent and knowledge with others. He truly embodies the characteristics of a leader on and off campus.”

With 1,500 participants, the Helen Hardin Honors Program is in its 38th year. The program is the largest university honors program in Tennessee.

The IIPP is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It has placed more than 300 Fellows in more than 50 countries to study foreign affairs and global policy. Students may apply for the fellowship during their sophomore year of undergraduate study. More information about IIPP is available online at:

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