Causal Inference in Education Research Seminar (CIERS)

An interdisciplinary community of education policy researchers making critical contributions to society.
Seminar schedule

The University of Michigan’s Causal Inference in Education Research Seminar (CIERS) brings together and supports an interdisciplinary community of scholars interested in education-related topics. Through a collaborative, interdisciplinary working/learning environment, CIERS prepares its members for careers in research and policy. Members present all stages of causal inference research that contribute to education policy and practice. Colleagues provide constructive feedback, acknowledging that what constitutes value is not the same for every participant.

As a community, we value research that contributes to ongoing academic, policy, and practice conversations and view the seminar as a classroom that prepares its members for careers in research and policy. We cultivate a welcome and inclusive space, informed by guiding principles rooted in respect, self-awareness, and intentionality.

We would like to thank the Rackham Graduate School for their generous support for CIERS.

CIERS gave me the opportunity to experience and observe first-hand the application of research methods I learned in the classroom. In addition, CIERS provided me with the opportunity to make connections with individuals across disciplines, many of whom I am still in contact with today."

— Mark Wiederspan, Assistant professor at Arizona State University

Students in a lecture at the University of Michigan

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CIERS seminar schedule

All seminars are held on Wednesday from 10-11:20am in-person in the 3rd Floor Seminar Room (Room 3240) in the Ford School of Public Policy and on Zoom. Please contact the coordinators ( for Zoom details.
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Student coordinators

If you would like to present at a CIERS session, please contact Jordy Berne and Matt Truwit (

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Predoctoral Research Fellow

Jordy Berne

Ford School of Public Policy |
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Predoctoral Research Fellow

Matthew Truwit

Ford School of Public Policy |
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