CSI undergrad, Sally Walker-Hudecki was a finalist for U of T Libraries Undergraduate Research Prize

June 22, 2020 by Denise Ing

For the third year in a row, an essay written for CIN201Y1 - Film Cultures I has been selected as a finalist for the U of T Libraries Undergraduate Research Prize. In 2018, An Li Tsang's essay, In Living (Techni)color: The Rise of Colour Film in Hollywood and Beyond was recognized. Last year, Ron Ma's essay, Art for Politics' Sake: The Reasons and Progress of the Criticism Campaign Against "The Life of Wu Xun" was honoured. This year, Cinema Studies Major, Sally Walker-Hudecki received the Prize for her research project, Temporary Fixture: The Beginning of Television and John Logie Baird’s Lasting Impact.

CIN201Y1Y instructor, Prof. Charlie Keil considered Sally's essay a true tour-de-force, and a superb choice. "Sally’s paper, which documents the efforts of John Logie Baird to successfully transmit televisual signals, is not merely a chronicle of technological achievements nor a biography of an exceptional inventor," recalled Prof. Keil, "Instead, it is a vibrant demonstration of how research can breathe life into past events, providing social context, illuminating institutional pressures, and animating human agency."

"I'm super honoured, thrilled, and grateful to be recognized for my work at this level," said Sally, "Being included in the Cinema Studies Institute is a blessing let alone winning an award. I appreciate my professor, Charlie Keil and my TA, Amanda Greer who were instrumental in my engagement in the class, and extra supportive throughout a challenging, strange year. I also must thank my marvelous friend, Joan who took me on a surprise visit to the Moses Znaimer Museum of Television. It was originally not at all related to my course work, and became vital to my research. It's a cool place - check it out when the city is open again!"