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Doane graduate Kamleh Shaban received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship and will spend the next academic year in Jordan studying Islamic medicine.
Shaban continues Doane's long tradition of Fulbright scholars. Doane students have received Fulbright scholarships 47 times since the program's inception - 28 of those awarded in the last 20 years.
Shaban, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., graduated magna cum laude May 14 with a bachelor of science in honors biology and received Doane's Alumni Senior of the Year Award.
For her research project she will study practices of Islamic medicine, particularly in contrast to Western medicine.
"I'm a Muslim. I hope to be a doctor. I wanted to see how to treat Muslim patients best," she said.
Shaban is a second-generation Palestinian-American. She helped raise awareness of the Muslim religion on campus, giving speeches and presentations on Islam at Doane and area communities. In January, she was a featured discussion leader for "Movie Talk" at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center in Lincoln following the movie "Paradise Now", an award-winning film which delved into the lives of two Palestinian friends and would-be suicide bombers.
Shaban departs in the fall. She is Doane's first Fulbright recipient to study in Jordan. Following her year of study, she plans to attend medical school.
The Fulbright Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. It is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.