Doctoral Fellows and Graduate Assistants

The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies provides assistantships/doctoral fellowships to graduate students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program.

Currently CCPS has Academic Graduate Assistants and a Doctoral Fellowship. The current students are specifically selected because of their academic achievement and the expectation that they will act as creative scholars.
Their primary job responsibility will be to:

  • Assist faculty and academic administrator’s members with scholarly research.
  • Collaborate in the presentation and publication of research results
  • Assist with events conducted by faculty and the College

To request a GA for academic/marketing support please fill out the following form, click here. Responses will be within 24-48 hrs.

Meet the Team

Jennifer O'Rourke

International Communication, MS

Office Schedule:
Tuesday & Thursday- 10:00AM - 3:00PM

Remote Schedule:
Monday & Wednesday 10:00AM - 3:00PM 


Jennifer O’Rourke is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in International Communication. Jennifer is a recent cum laude graduate of St. John’s University, completing her Bachelor’s in Communication Arts and minoring in International Studies. She had the opportunity to study abroad in Italy, Ireland, and France in 2018 to further immerse herself in international cultures. During her undergraduate years, she entered the 5-Year Communication Arts/ International Communication degree program with hopes of completion in Fall 2021. 

Bhavesh Ahluwalia

Data Science, MS

Office Schedule:
Tuesday & Wednesday - 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Remote Schedule:
Monday & Thursday - 9:00AM - 2:00PM

  • Support Faculty on research Projects for Computer Science & Data Science.
  • Assist Faculty and Dean's Office. 


Bhavesh Ahluwalia is a Computer Science graduate from the CUNY - Queens College. His time at QC was primarily devoted to tech events and tech conferences. Bhavesh is obsessed with all thing’s tech-related and spend his free time building computers and developing his own software/websites. As an undergraduate, he developed fitness related mobile application and his own search engine. Bhavesh is a powerful force in group projects and uses his positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed. Bhavesh is currently studying master’s in data science from St. John’s University. He did research on COVID-19 in 2020 and used Machine-Learning Approach in Predicting COVID-19 Survival Based on Patients’ History of Pre-Existing Conditions. Bhavesh currently working in St. John’s University as a Doctoral Fellows and Graduate Assistants for the Department of Computer Science, Mathematics and Science.

Julia Vavaro

Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership, DPS

Office Schedule:
Wednesday & Thursday - 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Remote Schedule:
Monday & Tuesday - 11:00AM - 4:00PM

  • Support Faculty on research assignments for Criminal Justice & Homeland Security
  • Assist with simulations in the Homeland Labs
  • Marketing & Events for CPS

Julia Varvaro is a first year student in the Doctorate of Professional Studies for Homeland Security. She completed her undergraduate degree at St. John’s where she majored in Business and minored in Arabic, and graduated in May 2020 with her Masters’ in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice, also from St. John’s. During her Masters’ she worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Collins College of Professional Studies for two years, and will be continuing her research while working as a Doctoral Fellow for the college this academic year.

Tim Palladino

Sports Management, MS

Office Schedule:
Monday & Wednesday - 9:00 AM - 2:00PM

Remote Schedule:
Tuesday & Thursday - 10:00 AM - 3:00PM

  • Support Faculty on research assignments for Sports Management. 
  • Assist Faculty and Dean's Office. 

Tim Palladino is a first-year graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Sports Management. He recently graduated from St. John’s University in May 2020 with an undergraduate degree in Sports Management with a concentration in Business. During his time at St. John’s he had the opportunity to intern with the PGA of America as an Operations Assistant for the 2019 PGA Championship. He is very excited to hold the position of Graduate Assistant for the Division of Sports Management in CCPS and is grateful to see what the future holds.

For more information on the Graduate Assistantship Program:

Kevin James
The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies
St. Augustine Hall, Second Floor
(718) 990-1531
[email protected]