|A Survey on Travel Ban Conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Biomedical Postdoctoral Council|
Volume 15, Issue 4 (April 2017)
Amita Bansal and Nehal Solanki
The University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Postdoctoral Council conducted a survey in the Philadelphia region to explore the impact of the executive order on immigration issued on January 27, 2017 on this community.
The survey included four major research institutes in Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Wistar Institute, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. More than one hundred researchers responded to the survey. About one in three respondents were postdoctoral scholars, and one in five were PhD students (Fig. 1).
Eighty-seven percent of the total respondents felt that the ban would negatively impact research and researchers, while a small percentage (8 percent) felt positively about the ban (Fig. 2).
Responses from a few survey respondents included:
For further details of this survey and additional information on the research performed by the University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Postdoctoral Council, please visit the special edition of their newsletter.
Each respondent answered in his/her personal capacity. The article does not represent the views of the University of Pennsylvania or other institutes covered by the survey.
Amita Bansal, PhD, and Nehal Solanki, PhD, are postdoctoral fellows at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.