CER Summer Workshop

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University of California, Berkeley

Center for Ethnographic Research

Summer Workshop in Qualitative Research Methods

Virtual Workshop: July 5th - August 11th, 2022

Full for 2022 - Check back early in 2023 for 2023 dates

Offered with support from the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues,

the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues,

and the Center for Race & Gender

Participants in 2019 Summer Workshop


Program Overview

The Center for Ethnographic Research (CER) Summer Workshop provides mentorship, hands-on research experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using qualitative methods for motivated undergraduates and beginning graduate students.  The CER Summer Workshop will provide students with six weeks of intensive accelerated methodological training in the design and practice of qualitative methods in weekly seminars taught by an advanced graduate student. 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 these group meetings, each participant will meet individually with the instructor and receive feedback on research project development and design.  

During the CER workshop, students develop an empirical research project proposal for an honors thesis, masters 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 an honors thesis, masters thesis, graduate school, or fellowship application. 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.

There will be approximately six hours/week of virtual or in-person group meetings. In addition, participants are expected to meet weekly with the graduate mentor on their individual projects. Participants should expect to spend about 20 hours per week in seminars, meetings, and completing assignments.


July 5th - August 11th, 2022, with sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings (9am-11am Pacific Time), over Zoom


Luis Edward Tenorio, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley

Luis's research examines the legalization and incorporation processes for unaccompanied migrant minors in the United States. A subset of that project, "Legalization as Punishment through Process," draws from a four-year ethnography of the life cycle of unaccompanied minors' legal cases for asylum and special immigrant juvenile status. The research traces the stage-by-stage impact on minors, while theorizing how harm is exacerbated by shifts in federal immigration practice across the Obama and Trump Administrations. Luis has taught for the sociology, political science, environmental science, policy, and management departments at UC Berkeley, as well as for the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute at the Goldman School for Public Policy. Outside of the academy, Luis has served as an intern for the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs under the Obama Administration and served as a representative for NGOs at the United Nations.

Workshop Fee

The six-week training course costs $1,300. There are two scholarship spots for students from any college or university focusing on contemporary Native American issues.

Application Process and Deadline  

 Full for 2022 

For more information, please see our FAQ.

Still have questions? Contact cer@berkeley.edu 510 642-0813

Center for Ethnographic Research
2420 Bowditch Street #5670
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-5670
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FAX: 510.642.8674
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