Matthew McCarthy

Undergraduate Research Fellow


Matthew is an undergraduate student studying economics, set to graduate in Fall 2023.

He joined the CGO in Fall 2021 to grow personally and academically. His research mainly focuses on environmental issues. Being part of the CGO has let Matthew do research beyond what’s typically available to undergrads. This valuable experience has let him explore policy areas that interest him, as well as given him a strong base for his future career, equipping him with varied skills useful in many industries. Right now, Matthew is researching issues around the supply of critical minerals for electric vehicle batteries and comparing the environmental review process in the U.S. and Europe.

If Matthew could share one key fact, it would be about the big role the transportation sector plays in greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. He believes that by rethinking and improving transportation, we can significantly fight climate change and improve people’s lives.

Looking ahead, Matthew wants to work in urban planning, transportation planning, or renewable energy. He’s passionate about making a positive impact in these areas, promoting sustainable communities, and leading the shift to renewable energy sources.

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.