Syracuse University

Center for Graduate Preparation and Achievement

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Sheila Clifford-Bova
Administrative Coordinator


Sheila's career in higher education has focused on administrative services and program coordination for a diverse student population through two grant programs, the Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program and the Collegiate Science & Technology Program. She is responsible for all administrative aspects of the programs, and strives for a collaborative approach in her work. Prior to coming to S.U. in 2005, Sheila was a retirement planning specialist, counseling higher education employees regarding their retirement portfolios. Earlier, she was the Executive Director of non-profit organization in Albany, NY, where she oversaw a staff of 5, managed budgets, and successfully secured grant funding for the organization programs. Her interest in working with youth stems from her volunteer work as a youth minister and prior position as a scout leader for many years. Sheila is currently working on a degree in Social Work at Syracuse University.

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Ernest Daily
Coordinator of Research and Academic Services - CSTEP


Ernest comes to Syracuse University after serving the students of Colgate University as Assistant Director in the Office of Undergraduate Studies. While at Colgate, Ernest supported many pro-student causes that established him as a consistent resource for students and social justice. Ernest's no-nonsense leadership style encourages students to push beyond limitations in order to truly accomplish their goals. Ernest Daily attended East Carolina University as an undergraduate and graduate student in addition to working at the institution upon graduation in the offices of Undergraduate Admission, Orientation, Student Activities and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center.

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Tamara N. Hamilton
Director - Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program


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.

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Christabel Sheldon
Director - McNair


Christabel's tenure at Syracuse University began in 1989 as an undergraduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications as well as the College of Arts and Sciences. Since then she has dedicated her career to improving access and equity for underserved student populations. She began her career at University College in the summer of 1993 working with non-traditional and part-time students, and later joined the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program as an academic counselor to identify, recruit, enroll and retain students who are historically underrepresented at the university. After earning her Master's Degree in Social Work, Christabel joined the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program as the assistant director. In 2007, she led the grant-writing team in securing a successful proposal and application for a new Ronald E. McNair Achievement Award, ranking Syracuse University within the top 10% of all of the applications nationwide.