We encourage all participants to start the visa process as early as possible and speak with people from their home countries who have successfully received US visas recently.
US State Department Website
This provides an overview of the visa process, FAQs, and related information.
Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application (DS-160)
This is the form that you need to complete before you can schedule an interview. It takes about 90 minutes and requires that you gather documents (see here).