This summer the Myers Center, in collaboration with the Center for Ethnographic Research (CER) at the University of California, Berkeley, is offering an intensive qualitative research workshop for undergraduate and graduate students. The Myers Center provides two scholarships for highly motivated undergraduates or beginning graduate students who are conducting research on issues affecting Native American communities today.
The CER Workshop provides mentorship, hands-on research experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using qualitative methods to program participants. Students will receive six weeks of intensive accelerated methodological training in the design and practice of qualitative methods in weekly seminars taught by CER graduate students. The topics in the seminars include the following:
- The logic and practice of qualitative research design
- Participant observation
- In-depth interviewing
- Practical computer assisted qualitative data analysis in ATLAS.ti
In addition to weekly seminars, each CER intern is assigned a research mentor. Mentors provide feedback on research project development and design. Mentors also offer supplemental information sessions on the graduate school experience and preparing an application for graduate school.
The CER Summer Workshop expects students to develop and sustain an empirical research project for an honors 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.
Two students will be selected by the Myers Center to receive a scholarship of $1100 for each student (students will each pay $100). (Room and board is not included.) Selection will be based on an assessment of the student’s academic record and proposed project. (UC Berkeley students will be given priority.) (Students who are not engaged in research on issues affecting Native American communities may still apply for the program and, if selected, pay the program cost of $1200/each. For more information, go to http://cer.berkeley.edu.)