Graduate Assistants

The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies provides graduate assistant-ships to graduate students currently enrolled in a master’s program.

Two types of Graduate Assistants include academic and non-academic assistantships. These 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, MPS
Monday & Thursday - 10:30AM - 3:30PM
Tuesday & Wednesday - 12:00PM - 5:00PM

  • 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 second year graduate student in the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice program in CPS, where she works on research for professors as well as handles the college’s marketing and event planning.  In May 2018, she graduated from St. John’s where she majored in Business and minored in Arabic. During her undergraduate studies, she interned for the United States Secret Service where she worked with counterfeit currency and was also able to accompany the agents on presidential protection details. Aside from working as a Graduate Assistant, she is also a Legal Assistant at a Law Firm where she handles client records and authorizations.


Gohar Aznauryan

International Communications, MS
Monday - Thursday 12:00PM - 5:00PM

  • Supports International Communication Division/Students
  • Marketing & Events for CPS
  • Institute for International Communication (IICM)

Gohar Aznauryan is a second-year graduate student in the MS in International Communications program. Gohar is currently in charge of International Communication Institute within the Collins College of Professional Studies, as well as assists with marketing, administrative and research requests assigned by the faculty and staff of the college. 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. Gohar has experience of working as a Research and Communications Assistant for the National SDG Innovation Lab 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).

Andras Nemeth

Sport Management, MPS
Monday & Wednesday - 8:30AM - 5:00PM 
Thursday - 08:30AM - 1:30PM

  • Support Faculty on research assignments for Sport Management
  • Support Faculty and CPS (Dean)

Andras Nemeth is a graduate student from Hungary currently working as a graduate assistant in the CPS Sport Management program. In May 2018, he graduated from St. John’s as a Risk Management & Insurance student. Andras’ interest in sports and background as a division one athlete, combined with his business mindset has helped him gain critical thinking skills and where he has advanced working knowledge of MS Excel and other organizational programs.

Marie-Elizabeth Telfort

Integrated Advertising Communications, M.S.
Monday & Wednesday - 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Thursday - 9:00AM - 2:00PM.

  • 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. 

Tommy Shaker

Integrated Advertising Communications, M.S.
Monday - Friday 8:30AM - 12:30PM.

  • Support Faculty on research assignments in Integrated Advertising Communications
  • Support Faculty and CPS

Tommy Shaker is a graduate assistant at St. John’s studying Integrated Advertising Communications. Tommy is from Newtown, Connecticut and recently graduated from St. John’s with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. For his undergraduate degree, Tommy majored in Communications with a focus in Advertising as well as a double minor in Spanish and International Studies. Tommy has also worked in marketing throughout his career from interning in the St. John's Athletic Marketing department to becoming a full time strategy associate at OneSpot Digital Marketing. Tommy hopes to one day use his St. John's education to become an influential figure in the marketing and advertising world. 

Christopher Mesa

Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership, M.P.S.
Monday & Wednesday - 9:30AM - 4:30PM 
Friday - 9:00AM - 3:00PM

  • Support Faculty on research assignments in Homeland Security & Criminal Justice
  • Support Faculty and CPS

Christopher Mesa is a graduate student in the Homeland Security/ Criminal Justice Leadership program. He graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Homeland Security and a minor in International Studies. Aside from working in the CPS office Chris is also an Intern at the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.) He hopes to one day be a federal agent with the ATF or DEA.

Treasure Muchenagumbo

Computer Science, M.S.
Monday - Thursday 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.

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]