Emma Kiefer


Contact Information

Emma  Kiefer

Personal Summary

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

I am a 21 year old student from Bend, Oregon, where I live with my mom and my two cats. My dad works in Los Angeles for part of the year as a set electrician for movies and TV shows. My mom works at the Alyce Hatch Center in Bend, Oregon, which is part of the High Desert Special Education System which specializes in early childhood intervention for special needs preschoolers, ages 0-5. I love reading, hiking, kayaking, camping, photography, kickboxing, roller skating, being busy, and spending time with my cats. 


Bend Senior High School Honors Diploma

Central Oregon Community College Dual Enrollment

Bend-La Pine Online Classes

University of Tasmania Partner Exchange - Spring 2019


CCS 103X: Introduction to Climate Change Studies, MW 3:30-4:50pm, CHEM 123

Teaching Experience

I have served as a teaching assistant in the Climate Change Studies program since 2017 under the direction of Dr. Nicky Phear. During this time, I have been able to assist with teaching duties, such as taking attendance, grading papers and assignments, as well as teaching an 80-minute lecture of my own each year. My lectures generally cover the topic of climate change, and how it intersects with religious beliefs across the globe. 

Research Interests




Field of Study

Environmental Studies (EVST)

Political Science (PSCI)

Climate Change Studies (CCS) 

Davidson Honors College (DHC)

Franke GLI (GBLD)

Selected Publications



Where There's a Will, There's a Way: Young People and Climate Change

University of Montana Conference on Undergraduate Research (UMCUR)



Specialized Skills


Professional Experience


International Experience

  • Vietnam Winter-Session with the Mansfield Center (December 2017-January 2018)
  • Partner University Exchange: The University of Tasmania, Australia (February 2019- July 2019)

Honors / Awards

  • Western Undergraduate Exchange Award (2016-2020)
  • Robert and Louise Tendeland Betzner Scholarship for $1,100 
  • The Davidson Honors College Study Abroad Fund Scholarship for $500 
  • The Davidson Honors College Coordinated Scholarship for $2,000 
  • The Jane Buttrey Memorial Scholarship for $3,000
  • The Roderick S. Smith Scholarship for $1,000
  • The Davidson Honors College Gift for $1,500
  • The Davidson Honors College Study Abroad Fund Scholarship for $750
  • The Franke Beyond the Classroom Fellowship Award for $4,399
  • The Coffee Club Sustainability Scholarship for $1,000
  • The Davidson Honors College Gift for $1,000
  • The Kain and McKay Scholarship for $1,114
  • The Davidson Honors College Gift for $1,000