Society of Actuaries Announces Recipients of 2017 Student Case Study Challenge

Schaumburg, IL (May 9, 2017) – The Society of Actuaries (SOA) announced the winners of the 2017 SOA Student Case Study Challenge, which included the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Ball State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The SOA received entries from college and university actuarial students in Asia, Canada, Australia and the United States for the second SOA case study challenge.

Over the course of eight weeks, 69 teams of actuarial students participated in a research competition to apply their actuarial skills on economic development and environmental considerations involving coastal development. The student teams researched situations, conducted actuarial analysis, determined a data methodology, developed solutions and provided recommendations.

Students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong received first place and a $5,000 grant. Students from Ball State University received second place with a $3,000 grant. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received third place with a $2,000 grant. Team members on these winning teams receive $500 per student from each team.

Access information on the SOA student case study challenge, including details about the top winners and runner-ups. The first SOA case study challenge in 2016 focused on disruptors in the health care industry.

The other finalists are from the University of Iowa, Ball State University and Macquarie University. The semi-finalists are from Australian National University, Boston University, California State University – Fullerton, Columbia University, Georgia State University, Indiana University Northwest, University of Calgary, University of Central Florida, University of Hong Kong and Université du Québec à Montréal.

About the SOA

With roots dating back to 1889, the Society of Actuaries (SOA) is the world’s largest actuarial professional organization with more than 28,000 actuaries as members. Through research and education, the SOA's mission is to advance actuarial knowledge and to enhance the ability of actuaries to provide expert advice and relevant solutions for financial, business and societal challenges. The SOA's vision is for actuaries to be the leading professionals in the measurement and management of risk.