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
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
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
- 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:
Note: St. John’s University students interested
in pursuing fellowships in the 2014 Institute should contact
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- 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. Read the
full story here.
- April Earle is the first St.
John’s University student to be awarded the prestigious
Pratt-Severn Best Student Research Paper
- 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.” (
See the full story.)
- Congratulations to our 2012 J.K. Watson Fellowship
recipient, Meiyi Shi '15 !
here for more details.
- 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 (www.cbyx.info), 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
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
See article on St. John's College
website on Janine.
We congratulate Janine Flores!