Tamara N. Hamilton is the Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director for the National Science Foundation Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ULSAMP) at Syracuse University (SU). She has held this position since November 2012. ULSAMP is a collaboration between seven institutions, five private four-year research-intensive and two community colleges, in New York. At SU, Tamara is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the ULSAMP grant and the SU LSAMP Program, which supports students pursuing undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Before coming to SU, Tamara was at the University of Maryland, College Park where she was Assistant Director of the Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering. As Assistant Director of CMSE, Tamara was responsible for establishing retention programs for underrepresented minority STEM students including directing the NSF LSAMP and Bridge to the Doctorate Graduate Fellowship Programs. In 2012, Tamara and the rest of the members of CMSE were honored by the National Society of Black Engineers and ExxonMobil with the Impact Award for their successful efforts in the retention and graduation of engineering students. In 2022, Tamara received the Key Contributor Award from NSBE Region 1 for her continued efforts in supporting students in engineering. She is the advisor to the SU chapter of NSBE and one of the co-advisors of the Syracuse City School District's NSBE Jr. Program.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Tamara received her bachelor’s degree in Afro-American Studies and a master’s degree in Education Leadership and Policy Studies with a specialization in Higher Education, both from the University of Maryland, College Park. Tamara is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education at SU where she serves as an adjunct instructor teaching classes on identity development and the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, spirituality, and social class. Her research interests include broadening participation in STEM, identity, diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and access.
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