Jessie Parkinson

Undergraduate Research Fellow


Jessie Parkinson is an Undergraduate Research Fellow at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University. She is studying Economics with an expected graduation date in Spring 2024. Her research focus within the CGO is Technology and Innovation. She is currently helping Technology and Innovation Research Manager Aubrey Kirchhoff with a literature review of what would be needed to uphold the social media ban for minors. She joined the CGO to further her education and training in preparation for her Masters program.

If given the chance to share one idea with the world, Jessie would talk about animals. They are proven to calm us, reduce stress, and increase productivity. She is a proponent of puppies in the workplace.

Following graduation, Jessie is planning to pursue her Masters in Science in Education at USU.

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.