Date: July 18, 2005
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons,

LUBBOCK – Nadia Shihab, a student at Texas Tech University in the fall of 2004, has been appointed a 2005-2006 U.S. Fulbright Student Fellowship recipient.

Shihab is the daughter of Dr. Zuhair Shihab and Lahib Jaddo, an assistant professor in Texas Tech's College of Architecture in Lubbock. She is a graduate of Lubbock High School and the University of Texas. She applied to the Fulbright program while a student at Texas Tech..

As a Fulbright Student Fellowship recipient, Shihab will travel to Turkey in January to conduct research on the role of non-formal education on young Turkish women. One of the primary questions of her research will be how models of non-formal education best respond to the needs of young women who face limited educational opportunities due to their social, political and economic situations.

During Nadia's senior year at the University of Texas, she produced a documentary film about her grandparents, whose native language is a Turkish dialect spoken in northern Iraq. This award-winning film was the catalyst that eventually led Nadia to attend the Turkish language program at Bosphorous University in Turkey.

Since 1998, 13 Texas Tech students have been named Fulbright fellows. Previous recipients of the international exchange program have traveled to Germany, Vietnam, Peru and Canada.

Established in 1946, the U.S. Fulbright Program aims at broadening the cultural understanding between American and foreign citizens. Annually, the Fulbright Program gives approximately 1,000 students the opportunity to conduct research or lecture in more than 140 countries.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Students, who are graduating seniors or enrolled in graduate school, have the opportunity to study abroad under the Fulbright Student program. At-large candidates who are not currently enrolled at a university also may apply.


CONTACT: Jane Bell, director of operations, Office of International Affairs, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2974 or e-mail