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2021 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 developing a parametric insurance product.

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  April 5–9, 2021. All teams meeting a minimum standard will be recognized in official SOA publications and team members will be awarded a certificate of participation.

Read the official rules of the SOA Student Research Case Study Challenge and complete the intention form by Sunday, February 28, 2021.  Final submissions are due by 11:59 PM Central Standard Time on Friday, March 12, 2021. Any questions or clarifications on these rules should be directed to the SOA via email to research@soa.org.

Materials

2021 Student Research Case Study Challenge

2021 Student Research Case Study Challenge Data File

2021 Student Research Case Study Challenge Podcast

2021 Society of Actuaries Student Research Case Study Challenge Rules

Previous Student Research Case Study Challenges

2020 Student Research Case Study Challenge

2019 Student Research Case Study Challenge

2018 Society of Actuaries Student Research Case Study Challenge

2017 Society of Actuaries Student Research Case Study Challenge

2016 Student Case Study Challenge

Get Your Organization In Front Of The Students

Have your organization sponsor the Student Case Study Challenge and be connected with the student participants. Review the sponsor brochure to get more information.

Questions and Comments

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