CER Summer Workshop

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University of California, Berkeley

Center for Ethnographic Research

Summer Workshop in Qualitative Research Methods

June 15-July 24, 2020

Offered with support from UC Berkeley’s Department of Sociology, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues,

and Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues

Wondering how Covid19 will affect the workshop? Check our FAQ's page!

Participants in 2019 Summer Workshop



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 advanced graduate students. 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 instructors 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.

In-person group seminars will take place twice/week for three hours each, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-1. In addition, participants are expected to meet weekly with the graduate mentors on their individual projects. Participants should expect to spend about 20 hours per week in seminars, meetings, and completing assignments.

Application Process and Deadline

Please note: the 2020 workshop is full and we are not accepting applications.  The priority deadline is March 1. Everyone who applies by March 1 will be notified by March 21. After March 1, we will continue to accept applications until the workshop is full (once it fills up, we will note that on the website). Those who apply after March 1 will be notified within three weeks.

More information.

Please note, we also have a one week intensive workshop for advanced graduate students, faculty, and professionals.

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
TEL: 510.642.0813
FAX: 510.642.8674
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