Awards and Honors

2013 Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Shama Ams is a BA/MA honors student in the Department of Government & Politics with a double major in Economics & Finance. He is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, a professional pianist, and the founder of his own non-profit that aims to distribute medical equipment to developing countries in Africa. Mr. Ams has been awarded a 2013 Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship.

Administered for the U.S. Department of State by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships develop a source of men and women whose academic backgrounds fulfill the skill needs of the State Department and who are dedicated to representing America’s interests abroad. Selected in their junior year, Pickering Undergraduate Fellows receive financial support towards tuition and other expenses during the senior year of college and the first year of graduate study.

Additionally, Fellows participate in one domestic and one overseas internship. Upon the completion of their master’s degree, they commit to three years of service as a Foreign Service Officer.

Mr. Ams recently was awarded the Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) Fellowships to attend the 2013 Junior Summer Institute (JSI) at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University in the summer of 2013. 

STJ Students Named PPIA Fellows for Summer Institute at Princeton University!

Congratulations to two St. John’s University juniors, Shama Ams and Ariyo Adekeji Ojagbamila who have been awarded prestigious Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) Fellowships to attend the 2013 Junior Summer Institute (JSI) at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University in the summer of 2013. 

  • Shama Ams is a BA/MA student in the Department of Government & Politics with a double major in Economics & Finance. He is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, a professional pianist, and the founder of his own non-profit that aims to distribute medical equipment to developing countries in Africa. 
     
  • Ariyo Adekeji Ojagbamila is pursuing a major in Government & Politics with minors in Economics and Philosophy of Law. He is a Presidential Scholar, in the Honors Program, and is a member of the university’s venerable Skull & Circle Honor Society. 

Both Ams and Ojagbamila are mentored by Dr. Fred Cocozzelli, Associate Professor in the Department of Government & Politics in St. John’s College.

For more information, go to: http://wws.princeton.edu/admissions/ppia-junior-summer-institute or http://www.ppiaprogram.org/

Note: St. John’s University students interested in pursuing fellowships in the 2014 Institute should contact the GAAP Office for more information:gaap@stjohns.edu; 718-990-6165

Past Awards

  • For the third time since 1999, St. John’s University has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the McNair Scholars Program, preparing a new generation of undergraduates for doctoral study and research careers.
  • April Earle is the first St. John’s University student to be awarded the prestigious Pratt-Severn Best Student Research Paper Award.
     
  • Congratulations to St. John's University's Mock Trial Team who was honored on June 14, 2012 by the New York City Council, with a proclamation recognizing the team’s 20th anniversary and its continuing success in preparing students for “distinguished legal careers and public service.”
     
  • Congratulations to our 2012 J.K. Watson Fellowship recipient, Meiyi Shi '15 !
  • Janine Flores '12C, a Biology major in St. John's College, has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, a year-long, federally funded fellowship for study and work in Germany.  Janine was selected as one of 75 paricipants (among more than 500 applicants) for this unique program.

    While in Germany on CBYX, Janine will attend a two-month intensive German language course, study at a German university or professional school for four months, and complete a five-month internship with a German company in her career field.

    This program is designed primarily for young adults in business, STEM (scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematical), agricultural, and vocational fields, though candidates from all  fields are encouraged to apply.

    See article from Seventeen Magazine.

    We congratulate Janine Flores!