At each year's Actuarial Research Conference, the Education and Research Section offers cash prizes for outstanding presentations by graduate and undergraduate students. Presenters are judged on the quality of the delivery of their presentation, with a focus on presentation skills, such as vocal projection, connection with the audience and quality of slides. The detailed process followed in selection of the winners can be found in the Spring 2011 issue of Expanding Horizons. At this year’s conference held at Temple University there were 31 presentations, and among these the following were chosen for cash prizes:
Dominic Cortis – Pricing Risk through Simulation: Revisiting Tilley Bundling and Least Squares Monte Carlo Methods
Andrew Dicus – Successive Logistic Trend: An Alternative Model for Mortality Improvement in the US Pop
Matt Bartley – Re-fitting Phase-Type Mortality Model
Andrew Mackenzie/Tiffany Sun – Predictive Healthcare Cost Modeling Using Regression Splines
Milos Miljanovic – A Generalized Modeling Framework for Guaranteed Annuity Options
Andres Villegas – Modeling Mortality by Cause of Death and Socio-Economic Stratification: An Analysis of Mortality Differentials in England
Congratulations to all!