For release: April 30, 2010
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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: www.uncfsp.org/iipp