Symposium Application




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.


The 2013 WEBS Symposium online application process is now closed. Applicants will be notified about the status of their application by July 1, 2013.

Answers to frequently asked questions about WEBS can be found on our announcements and resources page.

Participant Selection Strategy

Participants will be selected via an application process. Women from underrepresented groups will be actively sought and encouraged to apply. Particular consideration will be given to those applicants who do not currently have access to resources such as those provided at WEBS. WEBS aims to include women from a range of institutions, personal diversity (race, ethnicity, disability, age), geographic locations and disciplinary interests. Preference will be given to minority applicants, to those interested in pursuing academic leadership positions, and to those whose career trajectory makes them prime candidates for future academic leadership positions. Also, 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.

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.

Each application will be evaluated by two reviewers, unless a conflict of interest prevents this protocol. WEBS take great care to avoid any conflict of interest in the evaluation process. Reviewers who may have a conflict of interest must recuse themselves from that applicant's evaluation discussion and are not allowed to view any of the application materials of the applicant with whom they have a conflict of interest.

Applicants who are selected for participation in WEBS will be invited to share their application research and teaching statement (or submit a new statement) in the WEBS symposium binder material to help facitiliate networking.

Finally, 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

Application Process Information

A complete application includes three online components and two email components:

  • To be completed online:
    1. one-page (approx. 500 words) statement describing the applicant’s expectations for WEBS and how attending will aid her short and long-term career goals
    2. one page (approx. 500 words) statement explaining her research and teaching program and interests
    3. A mandatory online questionnaire. This survey will provide information about personal experiences and expectations of the WEBS symposium. (Estimated completion time: 30 minutes)
  • To be submitted via email to
    1. two-page Curriculum Vitae
    2. two letters of recommendation

We strongly advise applicants prepare the two personal statements (parts 1 and 2 of the online materials) BEFORE beginning the online application process. It will be possible to cut and paste the statement texts into the online form.

Last Updated:April 22, 2013
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