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This program is made possible through a National Science Foundation collaborative grant (SBE-0545273 and SBE-0544754). Any opinion, finding, and conclusion or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


This webpage contains FAQs, 2013 symposium announcements , and resources related to WEBS.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to have already completed my Ph.D. before applying?

    Given WEBS's focus on addressing the critical transition period from graduate studies and post-doctoral positions to permanent research and teaching positions, priority will be given to women who have earned their doctoral degrees within the past two to eight years and who do not have tenure.

  • What topics will be addressed at the symposium?

    Visit the Upcoming Events page for a sample symposium schedule with session topics and list of symposium speakers.

    Please note that this symposium is not designed to address issues related to applying and interviewing for jobs, although some of the symposium panels and discussion might indirectly touch on these subjects. Those who are specifically interested in gaining these skills, should check out other ADVANCE-related workshops such as

  • Will you have childcare available at the symposium?
  • We understand that childcare is likely to be an issue for some participants.  Unfortunately, we are not able to provide childcare at WEBS or to support family traveling with participants and speakers.  Our experience from WEBS 2007 made it clear that it would be very difficult for participants to take full advantage of the WEBS experience if children or other family members attend.   As we are not able to provide support for people bringing young infants who are nursing, we will encourage applicants with young children to apply in a subsequent year.

  • How much does the symposium cost?

    The symposium costs (lodging and meals) will be covered by the NSF grant and other funding sources. No registration fee will be charged. Participants will be responsible for travel expenses.

  • Are there travel funds available?

    Limited travel funding may be available. Please check back later for more information.

  • How is WEBS funded? And how long is the funding?

    WEBS is funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE program through October 2009. For more information about ADVANCE, visit the NSF ADVANCE website.

    WEBS has also received some supplemental funding from various organizations and institutions. Please visit our Sponsors and Supporters page for a listing of these organizations.

  • How many symposiums will be offered?

    Currently, WEBS plans to offer 3 annual symposiums. The first symposium will be in October 2007.

  • Can I participate if I am not at a U.S.-based institution but am a U.S. citizen?

    This program is intended to address the science and engineering workforce needs in the U.S., hence symposium participants should be at U.S.-based institutions. However, US citizens that are temporarily overseas with the intention of returning to a US institution can apply, but are advised that it is unlikely that WEBS will be able to cover travel costs.

  • How many applicants will be selected to participate?

    WEBS estimates selecting approximately 30 women to participate in each symposium.

  • What is the participant selection strategy ?

    The participant selection strategy is outline on the application wepage.

  • When will I know if I have been selected to participate?

    WEBS intends to notify applicants before the end of July if they have been selected to participate in the October symposium.

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2013 WEBS Symposium Announcements

updated October 2, 2013

Packing tips: Dress is casual. We will be staying at the Durham Marriott City Center. You can either take a shuttle or walk from the hotel to the NESCent facilities. Please pack accordingly. Please check the Raleigh, NC weather forecast to see if rain is likely, as we will be moving between different buildings throughout the symposium. Note that there will not be opportuntiies to return to the hotel during the day. Thus, please plan to bring all you need with you each day on the morning shuttle. We will be at the symposium site from breakfast until 8:30 pm.

Shuttles to/from Airport: Shuttles will be departing the RDU airport for the hotel at 6 pm, 8 pm, and 10:30 pm on Wednesday, October 16th. NESCent personnel will be contacting participants and speakers to coordinate airport shuttle service. Shuttle service back to RDU on October 19th will be arranged at the Symposium. Expected arrival time back at the airport is 1:30 pm, October 19th.

Dietary Restrictions: If you indicated a dietary restriction, please check in with NESCent personnel prior to each meal or snack.

Driving Directions:For those of you driving to the hotel,driving directions are available on their website.  Driving directions to NESCent are available here:

NESCent Contact information: The main contact number for NESCent during the symposium is Danielle Wilson at 919-668-4545.

Breakfast and shuttles to NESCent on October 16: Breakfast will not be provided on Wednesday, October 16. Please plan accordingly. Shuttles to NESCent will leave the hotel at 9:30 am on Wednesday, October 16.  Please meet near check in the lobby just before 9:30.  For those of you who would like to walk, please plan on about 30 minutes as it is about a 1.5 mile walk.  Registration will run from 9:45 am - 10:30 am Wednesday morning in the NESCent Seminar Area.  The symposium will start at 10:30 am on Wednesday, October 16.

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Last Updated:October 2, 2013
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