FAQs


What are the dates of the Summit?
Where is the Summit being held?Student Discussion
When is the application deadline?
Who can I ask for Letters of Recommendation?
Who is eligible to apply?
Can I still apply even if I will be studying abroad during the Spring?
When will I find out if I am selected?
Where will the participants stay?
Do I need a passport to travel to the Summit in St. Louis?
What costs are covered by the University?
Will I need health insurance?
What preparation will be required prior to the Summit?
Does participation in the Summit automatically excuse me from missed classes or other academic conflicts?

 

What are the dates of the Summit? 

March 10-13, 2015. The first session on March 10 will begin at 9:00 a.m. The closing session on March 13 will end at 2:00 p.m. Depending on where participants are traveling from, additional time for travel should be anticipated.

Where is the Summit being held? 

At Webster University’s home campus in Webster Groves, just outside St. Louis, Missouri. Summit sessions will take place at Webster University campus facilities, and will include optional visits to notable local sites and landmarks in the area. 

When is the application deadline? 

The last day to submit applications is October 17, 2014. Letters of recommendation must also be uploaded with the application and received by October 17, 2014. **DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 31, 2014**

Who can I ask for Letters of Recommendation? 

Each applicant must secure two letters of recommendation.

One letter should be from a Webster faculty or staff member, and may be a faculty or staff member based at any of the Webster campuses.

The second letter should be from a peer student leader. This may be a fellow Webster student, or it may be another peer with whom you have worked at another educational institution, club or organization, service opportunity, or any other activity.

Who is eligible to apply? 

Applicants must be currently enrolled Webster University sophomores or juniors or graduate students, in good academic standing and good judicial standing. Applicants must plan to return to the student’s home campus at least two semesters, or four terms (not including summer) within the 18 months following the Summit. Applicants should have demonstrated leadership involvement and a commitment to student involvement.

Can I still apply even if I will be studying abroad during the Spring? 

Students who are studying abroad in St. Louis during the Spring will receive additional consideration for acceptance. 

Students from a campus outside of St. Louis who are studying abroad at another Webster location may apply.

St. Louis-based students who are studying abroad during spring may be accepted for the Summit, but you may have to fund your own travel to St. Louis (if necessary).

When will I find out if I am selected? 

All notifications will be sent on November 17, 2014. We will send the notifications to the email address you submitted on your application.

Where will the participants stay? 

Student participants will be housed in student residence halls on campus, or at local accommodations within walking distance to the building where the Summit will be held. Participants will have roommates who are fellow conference attendees.

Do I need a passport to travel to the Summit in St. Louis? 

Yes, you need a passport, and it must be valid for at least six months after the dates of your travel for the Summit. 

What costs are covered by the University? 

The University will cover the cost of participants’ travel, as well as meals and lodging during the dates of the Summit. The costs of meals, lodging, and other incidentals before or after the Summit are the responsibility of the individual participant. Participants should plan to budget for spending money for any personal shopping, snacks, or activities outside of those organized by the conference. Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their transportation to and from their local airport. If a participant needs to make alternative travel arrangements beyond the standard provided by our travel agent, any additional costs will be paid by the participant. 

Will I need health insurance?

Any participant who will be staying in University-arranged accommodations during the Summit will be required to have health insurance. Students from international campuses will be enrolled in the CHP/Cigna plan for $159. This plan will also be available to other participants who do not have health insurance. Any local participant commuting from home will not be required to have health insurance.

What preparation will be required prior to the Summit? 

Students selected to attend the Summit will be required to fully participate in a non-credit on-line course in the University’s Canvas learning management system, conducted during the eight weeks from January 12-March 5. The anticipated time commitment is approximately 2-3 hours per week. 

Does participation in the Summit automatically excuse me from missed classes or other academic conflicts?

It is our intent to arrange travel such that no one has to miss classes. However, travel delays could cause someone to miss classes. It is not an automatic excuse. It is up to the participant to contact faculty members to request any academic accommodations related to participation in the Summit, and to work with professors to make up missed work if possible. We will be happy to provide documentation of your participation to your professors.