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 two Doctoral Fellowships. 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

Bhavesh Ahluwalia

Data Science, MS

Office Schedule: TBA

Remote Schedule: TBA

  • 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.


Integrated Advertising Communications, M.S.

Office Schedule
Monday - Thursday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Lucy Aquaro is a first year graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Integrated Advertising Communications. Lucy graduated from St. John’s University in May of 2021, majoring in Public Relations with minors in International Studies and Business Administration. She had the opportunity to intern for Yale University Properties as a marketing intern during the summer of 2018 and The Bradford Group as a public relations intern during the summer of 2020. While at St. John’s, Lucy studied abroad in Rome, Italy for the Fall semester of 2019. She also worked as a student worker in the Academic Support Center for Student Athletes at St. Johns during her undergraduate years. Lucy has held multiple different public relations positions during her college years within our campus Panhellenic community. To see her work, please visit her website. 


Jennifer O'Rourke

International Communication, MS

Office Schedule:
Monday - Thursday- 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. 

Tim Palladino

Sports Management, MS

Office Schedule:
Monday: 9:00 AM - 2:00PM
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 11:30AM - 4:30PM

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

Tim Palladino is a second-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.

Gohar Aznauryan

Multi-Sector Communication, Ph.D. 

Office Schedule: 
Monday: 10:00-5:00
Wednesday: 10:00-5:00
Thursday: 10:00-4:00

  • Support doctoral research for all faculty in the Collins College of Professional Studies 
  • Assist Faculty and Dean's Office. 

Gohar Aznauryan is a Ph.D. student in the Ph.D. in Multi-Sector Communication program. Gohar is currently assisting with research in various areas in the college, with special attention in the areas of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the American University of Armenia with a major in English and Communications and a minor in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She has also earned her Master of Science in International Communication from St. John's. Gohar has an experience of working as a Research and Communications assistant for the National SDG Innovation Lab that was owned and operated by the United Nations office in Armenia and the Government of Armenia. She has previously volunteered and worked for Aurora Prize (Armenia), Luys Foundation (Armenia) and UN Armenia's Resident Coordination office (Armenia). She is experienced in research and digital communications.  


Julia Vavaro

Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership, DPS

Office Schedule:
Monday & Wednesday - 12:00PM - 5:00PM

Remote Schedule:
Tuesday & Thursday - 12:00PM - 5:00PM

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

Julia Varvaro is a third 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.

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]