McNair Staff

Dr. Lydia Fox

Dr. Lydia C. Fox is a first-generation college student from Laredo, Texas.  She obtained her baccalaureate degree in psychology from Texas A&M University in 1994.  She then attended Texas Tech University where she obtained a Master’s degree in 1997 and a Ph.D. in 1999, both in developmental psychology.  She was a university professor at a liberal arts college in West Virginia for three years before moving back to Texas. She came to SHSU in January of 2004 at the inception of the McNair Program.  She was initially hired as Coordinator and later became Director of the McNair Program. Dr. Fox truly enjoys working with and serving as a mentor for McNair Scholars.  She also serves as adjunct instructor for the College of Education at SHSU.  Dr. Fox is married to another psychologist, Daniel, and has two children, daughter Alex—13 years and son Sebastian—11 years.  They live in The Woodlands.

Tama Hamrick

Tama obtained her bachelor's degree in speech communication and master's degree in human communication from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), where she also obtained postbaccalaureate teaching licensure in secondary education.  After earning her master's degree, Tama served as the Coordinator of Tutoring Services for a TRIO Student Support Services program and as an Adjunct Instructor and Teacher Education Consultant for UNC's Department of Communication Studies.  She later attended the University of Denver where she taught courses in communication studies and worked as a research assistant while completing her coursework for a  Ph.D. in human communication. Tama recently relocated from her native state of Colorado to join McNair in its efforts to prepare students from populations traditionally underrepresented in advanced degree programs for doctoral study.  She also works with the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment and is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership, higher education administration..

Kyleen Elwick

Graduate Mentor

Hello! My name is Kyleen Elwick, and I am the McNair Graduate Mentor! I am a native of Kansas City, Missouri, but my current home is in Nashville, Tennessee. I am a first generation college student, and I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with minors in Justice Systems and Forensic Science from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate in Forensic Science. My hobbies include playing soccer, exercising, rock climbing, Netflix marathons, and reading! I absolutely love adventures and jump at the chance to travel and visit new places! In August, I will be presenting an oral presentation at the International Society for Forensic Genetics in Seoul, Republic of Korea over the research I have been working on for the last year and a half.

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