Tamara N. Hamilton is the Co-Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ULSAMP) at Syracuse University (SU). She has been in this position since November 2012. 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). The ULSAMP alliance consists of five four-year research institutions: Cornell University, Clarkson University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, and SU; and two community colleges: Monroe Community College and Onondaga Community College. 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.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Tamara received her bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies and her master’s degree in Education Leadership and Policy Studies with a specialization in Higher Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. In her spare time, Tamara enjoys giving back to the community and spending time with family and friends.