The Institute for the Study of Societal Issues provides a wide range of training for undergraduate and graduate students. ISSI provides office space, intellectual community, and a space of belonging for graduate students from across UC Berkeley. ISSI offers undergraduate research internships through the Undergraduate Researcher Apprentice Program, the Summer Ethnographic Research Workshop, graduate student research opportunities on select projects, and the Graduate Fellows Program (GFP), which, for more than forty years, has provided an interdisciplinary research and training environment as a complement to graduate programs in the social sciences and professional schools. ISSI also provides training for professionals in the academy, government, and private sector by offering workshops on research methods and museum skills.
The Center for Ethnographic Research in conjunction with the Joseph A Myers Center for Native American Issues, with support from UC Berkeley's Department of Sociology, offers a six-week summer research program for highly-motivated undergraduate and beginning graduate students in social science. Participants are provided with mentorship, hands on research experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using qualitative methods.
The Intensive Ethnography Workshop provides mentorship, hands-on field experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using participant observation. Participants will be coached through all the components of a research project. The one-week workshop includes individualized consultations with faculty and is designed for advanced graduate students, faculty, and professionals.
Founded in 1976, the Graduate Fellows Program provides UC Berkeley doctoral students with an interdisciplinary, intergenerational, and inclusive environment for research and training. The Program plays an integral part in training scholars to address the pressing challenges that face California, the nation, and the world. Fellows are selected through a competitive process and are awarded a stipend. The Graduate Fellows Program has enjoyed an unparalleled record of success and has been especially effective in enabling students from underrepresented groups to complete their doctoral studies and obtain faculty positions at top academic institutions around the United States.
As part of ISSI's Graduate Fellows Program (above), the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues provides fellowships and training to UC Berkeley doctoral students whose research concerns issues confronting Native Americans in the United States today. The Center is especially interested in supporting community-based research in the areas of health, safety, and governance. Read more here.
The Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues, along with the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, offers a professional development opportunity for tribal museum professionals. Participants will learn to develop the capacity of tribal community members to conserve and revitalize tribal cultural heritage, foster tribal representations and partnerships, and educate tribal and non-tribal communities through museum development and exhibits.
This workshop will provide both a conceptual background and practical experience in computer assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDA) using ATLAS.ti. The workshop begins by examining the core elements common to all CAQDA, regardless of methodological orientation, discipline/profession, or platform. After instruction in the fundamental aspects of CAQDA, the course turns to the logic of the ATLAS.ti program, and how it functions as a tool for CAQDA. The workshop consists of both instruction and hands-on exercises in ATLAS.ti. By the end of the course, participants will have all the conceptual and practical tools necessary to employ ATLAS.ti in their current or future projects involving qualitative data.
ISSI provides a variety of opportunities for student education and professional development through formal and informal internships. Undergraduates participate in sponsored research projects as part of the UC Berkeley Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP). Students work collaboratively with faculty and staff, becoming part of ISSI's larger research and learning community.