James Sheets is an Undergraduate Research Fellow at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University. He is studying Economics and Finance with an expected graduation date in Spring 2026, and he earned a scholarship to help with his studies. His research focus within the CGO is Technology and Innovation. He joined the CGO to improve his research skills and learn from industry experts, while contributing to their mission to create a positive economic impact on the world through research and innovation.
If given the chance to share one idea with the world, James would highlight kindness, which, like antidepressants, boosts serotonin for healing and happiness. Promoting kindness could greatly improve the world, as it encourages cooperation and empathy. Understanding its personal benefits could lead more people to practice it, creating a positive cycle for a better world.
After graduation, James plans to work as an equity research analyst before completing higher education.
About Student Research Fellowships
Undergraduate Research Fellows at the Center for Growth and Opportunity work alongside CGO’s research staff and a worldwide network of scholars. Our fellows are integral components to the Center’s research process.
During their fellowships, undergraduate students have the opportunity to write independently as well as contribute to ongoing research. Students are guided through the research process as they help answer questions related to technology and innovation, environmental stewardship, immigration, and tax policy. CGO fellows are encouraged to share their research at academic conferences, poster exhibitions, and symposiums. Our fellows also work with the Center’s outreach team to get their research to the right people, at the right time in order to make real changes in the world.