The Travel Ban Hurts American Institutions
Our university has an extremely robust undergraduate research program. Students are able to get funding for their research projects, and are often able to use this funding overseas if their research has an international focus. One applicant for this research grant, Tina, is Iranian-American and was looking forward to studying family medicine in Tehran. We have since counseled her to find a new location or focus for her research because the travel ban may prevent her from re-entering the U.S. once her research is complete. Additionally, current sanctions against Iran may prevent her from using public state university funding to conduct her research. It was devastating to have to ban a student ourselves from engaging in academic freedom and research that may have had a positive impact in the field of family medicine.