Nagambal Shah, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics
Nagambal Shah is a senior faculty member of the Spelman College mathematics department where she has served for 40 years. She received her bachelor's degree in mathematics and master's in statistics from the University of Kerala in India and master's and doctorate from University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. She has developed and taught statistics courses at Spelman and mentored several undergraduate research projects.
Several of her students have gone to graduate school and received doctorate degrees in statistics and biostatistics from institutions like MIT, UNC/Chapel Hill, NC State University, University of Maryland, Berkeley, University of Birmingham, and Rice University, to name a few. In November 2001, she coordinated and hosted the first StatFest, a one-day conference aimed at encouraging undergraduate minority students to pursue careers and graduate studies in statistical sciences.
In 2005, she spearheaded the efforts to host and obtain funding for the first Infinite Possibilities Conference. She is an advocate for diversity in graduate education especially for African-Americans and women and received the 2001 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award for Excellence in Education and Diversity from Emory University, Atlanta. She is a Fellow of ASA, was a member of the Leadership Support Council and vice chair of the awards committee of ASA (2010-2012) and has also served as the past chair of ASA’s Committee on Minorities in Statistics.