Telling a story of hope through chemistry
Amanda Ciezki's internship with Syncrude Oil, and work with the King's Centre for Visualization in the Sciences (KCVS) helped launch the Design Our Climate simulation (DOCs) and impact Alberta's school curriculum.
Chemistry student, Amanda Ciezki, has taken advantage of many unique research opportunities at King’s over the last 4 years of her degree. Now, entering her 5th and final year, she has been working closely with Dr. Peter Mahaffy, Dr. Melanie Hoffman and the rest of the team at The King’s Centre for Visualization in the Sciences (KCVS) to launch the Design Our Climate (DOC) simulation.
Having already completed a year-long internship at Syncrude Research and Development Centre during her fourth year of study, Amanda is extremely familiar with researching raw data and chemical application for niched projects. Working with KCVS on this project, however, has encouraged Amanda to think further about the application of DOCs at King’s, in the community and beyond.
“My hope is that people are genuinely talking about [climate change],” explains Amanda. “I think DOCs encourages people to talk about potential solutions and be aware that there are things we can all be changing that don’t alter life drastically – if at all.”
Primarily working on writing, storytelling and the application of DOCs in the community – including in Alberta's school curriculum - Amanda’s work with this project is vastly different than that of previous chemistry based research. When asked what she is most passionate about with this project, Amanda responded: “Climate change can be quite depressing, there’s models telling us that the future is pretty bleak. The fact is that this simulation is showing us that there are solutions possible, that you can actually see that with changes there is hope at the end of the tunnel.”
Currently applying for graduate programs in Chemistry at the University of Alberta and McMaster University, Amanda is anxious to continue learning but reflects fondly on her time at King’s. “It’s been a really big blessing to be here. It’s taught me a lot about myself,” says Amanda. “I always come back to the fact that I have a plan but ultimately it’s not in my hands, it’s in God’s hands.”
Students have a number of different ways to get involved in research opportunities, whether through directed studies, Community Engaged Research, KCVS, or summer research projects. Learn more about research happening at King's in King’s research database.
To get more information about the Design Our Climate simulation, visit KCVS.ca