2020 Student Research Case Study Challenge

The Society of Actuaries (SOA) is dedicated to advancing education and research for the actuarial profession. As part of its mission, the SOA recognizes the importance of partnering with colleges and universities to help develop future actuaries. With this in mind, the SOA’s Research Department is holding a Student Research Case Study Challenge, which provides an opportunity for teams of students to apply their actuarial skills on a real-world problem. Read the details of Case Study Challenge which focuses on designing a carbon credit program.

SOA Announces Recipients of 2020 Student Research Case Study Challenge

2020 Student Research Case Study Challenge - 1st Place Team, Arizona State University


The Society of Actuaries (SOA) announces the recipients of the 2020 Student Research Case Study Challenge:

Other finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

Semi-finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Ball State University
  • Bandung Institute of Technology
  • Fudan University
  • Illinois State University
  • Purdue University
  • Renmin University of China (Entry 2)
  • Renmin University of China (Entry 3)
  • Renmin University of China (Entry 4)
  • Towson University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

About The Student Research Case Study Challenge

Over the course of eight weeks, teams of up to five students will research a case study situation, conduct actuarial analysis, formulate solutions, and present recommendations. The work will require a team approach to identify issues and organize priorities. The team will need to understand and select from potential data sources, develop models with appropriate accuracy metrics, summarize relevant results, and then present recommendations in a written format. Teams are encouraged to seek guidance from a faculty advisor to assist them in their overall approach. Teams can look forward to showcasing their creativity while building synergies within an actuarial setting.

Submissions will be graded by the judges, and the teams with the top submissions will be invited to present their submissions to the judges via audio and/or video conference, with the target being to have these presentations prior to April 8, 2020. All teams meeting a minimum standard will be recognized in official SOA publications and team members will be awarded a certificate of participation.


  1. 2020 Student Research Case Study Challenge
  2. Pullanta Total CO2e Emissions
  3. 2020 Student Research Case Study Challenge Podcast

Questions Or Comments?

If you have comments or questions, please send an email to research@soa.org.