Online Summer Workshop in Qualitative Methods for Undergrads

Sponsored by the Center for Ethnographic Research at UC Berkeley, this online workshop provides mentorship, hands-on research experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using qualitative methods for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students. Students will receive six weeks of intensive methodological training in the design and practice of qualitative research. Scholarships are available for students studying Native American issues.

Learn more and apply here.

The Center for Ethnographic Research (CER) Workshop provides mentorship, hands-on research experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using qualitative methods for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students.  The CER Workshop (July 6 – August 13, 2021) will provide students with six weeks of intensive accelerated methodological training in the design and practice of qualitative methods. The topics in the seminars include the following:

  • The Logic and Practice of Qualitative Research Design
  • Participant Observation
  • In-Depth Interviewing
  • Qualitative Data Analysis 

In addition to weekly seminars led by an advanced graduate student, participants receive regular feedback on research project development and design. 

During the CER workshop, students develop an empirical research project proposal for an honors thesis, master’s thesis, advanced methods class, scholarly article, or conference presentation. In this process, students develop hands-on research and logistical experience and receive structure and guidance in the development of an independent and original project. Students will walk away with a refined 6-page research proposal for their project. They will also gain first-hand experience in qualitative research data collection and analysis methods through a collective research project conducted during the six weeks of the workshop.

Schedule
The workshop runs from July 6 – August 13. Virtual group seminars will take place three times/week for two hours each, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9AM-11AM Pacific Time. In addition, participants are expected to meet regularly with the graduate mentor on their individual projects. Participants should expect to spend about 20 hours per week in seminars, meetings, and completing assignments.

Cost and Scholarships
The six-week training course costs $1,200 per student.  There are two scholarship spots for students from any college or university focusing on contemporary Native American issues.  Scholarships will be awarded based on an assessment of the student’s academic record and proposed project.  Scholarships cover $1,100 of the program costs (students will pay $100).  Scholarships do not provide funds for room and board.

ApplicationThe application and more information are available here.
 Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; applicants will be notified within three weeks.
 Still have questions? Contact:  cer@berkeley.edu

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