Scalice's paper, titled "Macario Sakay and the struggle for
Kalayaan: continuity in the Katipunan guerilla movement, 1892-1907,"
was completed for History 7B, a large lecture class with the
requirement that each student do an original research paper using
primary sources. In his research essay, Joseph wrote,
"When I was offered
the chance to write a research paper for History 7B in this my
first semester here at Berkeley, the choice of topic was obvious.
I desired to know more about Sakay. What I embarked upon was an
incredibly thrilling voyage of discovery in what are in many ways
still uncharted waters of historical research."
His instructor Dylan Jim
Esson observed in his letter of support,
"Joseph has achieved
his goal of revealing the life of Sakay by researching in the
Bancroft Library, where he has benefited particularly from access
to the David P. Barrows papers-- among other manuscript
collections. No scholars have ever consulted the Barrows Papers
for information on Sakay, and Joseph has made some striking
Esson went on to comment
on Joseph's persistence in the face of obstacles.
UC Berkeley collections have provided new leads about Sakay's
life… the information … is still very difficult to synthesize
because Sakay… left little written documentation behind. Despite
these obstacles, Joseph has persisted … in producing a valuable
piece of scholarship that, for the first time, chronicles Sakay's
rise to power as well as his eventual demise."
Ben Botts will graduate
next Fall. His prize-winning senior history thesis was "Venture and
adventures in Central America: John Lloyd Stephens and the U.S.
vision for pan-American history, 1838-1852." During his research he
made some surprising discoveries and became a skilled historian. As
he wrote in his research essay,
"I learned that a
systematic approach to research is essential, but is not the only
strategy necessary for success....Slowly, I began to understand
the necessity of various research methods working in synergy.
Simultaneously, I read and transcribed manuscripts, consulted
hundreds of pages of published primary literature, systematically
searched for secondary sources, and serendipitously discovered
some important primary and secondary sources.... For me, the
convergence of these processes is what made the research creative
remarked on Ben's independent approach to the research.
collaboration from his research advisor early in the project Ben
mastered a rich, difficult and heretofore unstudied Bancroft
Library collection… This combination of close, careful study of
the correspondence and extensive reading in secondary sources
yields one great surprise and the discovery of a particular
document that casts new light on Stephens's salvage of ancient art
And Walter Brem, curator
for Latin American collections at Bancroft Library, remarked on his
ability to gather and synthesize a variety of sources.
"Of his primary
sources: manuscripts, published archival sources, and contemporary
published views not only mesh, they speak to each other directly
and indirectly… he systematically employed the several kinds of
tools [needed, and] scoured the notes and bibliographies of his
sources for …sources not captured in catalogs or
Wendy Chang wrote her
senior thesis in Music on "The evolutions of Fantasia." Her research
was distinguished by remarkable breadth, bringing in relevant
material from the fields of law, psychology, audio engineering, and
popular culture, as well as deep research into music as she delved
into the Disney film. Her research essay describes how her initial
topic morphed into something more,
"I think the biggest
lesson I've learned in completing my thesis was to not try to
control my research. I went where my research took me, and I
followed up any strange ideas I had or others had. I let my
research guide me and not the other way around. I learned that
it's okay to go off the path... Honestly, I couldn't have picked a
better undergraduate major because I feel that the research skills
and the work ethic I've developed as a music major will definitely
be applicable in scientific research as
Her advisor, Professor
"She is an insatiable
asker of Why, and this led her into investigations of the music
business and the entertainment industry, the music appreciation
"racket," the sociology of taste… and a great deal more. Most
impressive of all to me was the way she wove it all into a complex
but lucid narrative."
Boris Rodin's Classics
senior thesis, "Representations of epidemia in choral lyric poetry:
a study of ritual action in Pindar and Bacchylides," illustrates a
case where library resources have been used to exhaustively research
a particular topic.
His advisor, Professor
Leslie Kurke called Boris's thesis, "a remarkable piece of work,
both in the ambition and originality of its argument and in its
extraordinary deployment and synthesis of bibliographic resources."
She emphasized the
difficult of the undertaking.
"Classics is a
discipline with a long and rich scholarly tradition, so that any
foray into the field imposes heavy demands on the student's
industry and resourcefulness. Boris was completely up to this
challenge, first making excellent use of electronic and
traditional media… Furthermore, Boris learned with startling
rapidity to navigate the intricacies of finding the correct
editions and commentaries of a vast range of Greek literary and
non-literary texts…I would stress that any topic in Greek
religion... offers the student no single, centralized database of
primary or secondary literature, so it requires exceptional
resourcefulness to locate relevant