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

Julia Vavaro

Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership, DPS

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

Remote Schedule:
Tuesday & Thursday - 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.



Marie-Elizabeth Telfort

Integrated Advertising Communications, M.S.

Office Schedule:
Tuesday - 11:30AM - 4:30PM
Thursday - 10:00AM - 3:00PM

Remote Schedule:
Wednesday & Friday 11:30AM - 4:30 PM

  • Support Faculty on research assignments in Integrated Advertising Communications
  • Support Faculty and Dean's Office 

Marie-Elizabeth Telfort is a 2019 magna cum laude graduate from St. John’s University. She majored in Public Relations and minored in Event Management and she is continuing her education at SJU getting her Master's degree in Integrated Advertising Communications. During her undergraduate years at SJU she worked in Academic Support for Student-Athletes and interned for C. Luxe Brand Management, PR Girl Manifesto, Epic Records and Berk Communications, where she worked with Roc Nation Sports, PUMA, and D'USSE.  She also got the chance to travel to Rome, Italy for a semester abroad in 2017. Elizabeth’s career goal is to be an entertainment or lifestyle publicist. She recently launched her own website that focuses on women within the industry of hip-hop, called GLAZED-NYC. 

Treasure Muchenagumbo

Computer Science, M.S.

Office Schedule:
Thursday & Friday - 12:00PM - 5:00PM

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

  • Support Faculty on research assignments in Computer Science and Data Science
  • Support Faculty and CPS

Treasure Muchenagumbo is currently a first-year graduate student pursuing a Master's degree in Computer Science. He also studied Computer Science as an undergraduate at St. John's University. His major area of interest is Artificial Intelligence. In particular, he is passionate about Machine Learning and its applications throughout the health care sector. He has always wanted to work at the intersection of Computer Science and Neuroscience. He is incredibly grateful to be a Research Assistant at St. John's University, for it marks the beginning of his career in research.

Tim Palladino

Sports Management, MS

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

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 CPS 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]