2013-06-20 / Schools

South Brunswick student receives Fulbright grant


Bryan Furman Bryan Furman SOUTH BRUNSWICK — Bryan Furman has been selected to receive a Fulbright grant from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).

Furman, of South Brunswick, was awarded a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to conduct research in Tajikistan.

Furman designed and proposed research that will focus on the evolution of Tajik foreign policy since 1991. He chose Tajikistan because he speaks Russian and Persian, the two most commonly spoken languages in Tajikistan.

“While in Tajikistan, I plan to conduct more social psychological research on intergroup relations — I carried out a similar project in Moscow last year with help from TCNJ psychology professors Jarret Crawford and Shaun Wiley — and improve my Russian, Persian and Uzbek language skills,” Furman said.

Furman double-majored in international studies and psychology, with minors in Central Eurasian studies and Russian studies, and belongs to five honor societies for academic success.

For the 2011-12 academic year, Furman received a Boren Scholarship to study abroad in Moscow. He was the first Boren Award recipient at TCNJ.

Furman also spent an intensive summer studying Persian with a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Persian Language Immersion Institute.

He also plans to continue “Time for Tajikistan,” an initiative he started at TCNJ to bridge American and Tajik students via social media, and explore internship and volunteer opportunities with governmental and nongovernmental organizations. Furman will attend Georgetown’s Master of Arts program in Russian and East European Studies next fall before applying to doctorate programs in political science and public policy.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

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