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Research Competitions and Awards

The Society of Actuaries (SOA) offers opportunities for recognition and awards for academic research.


2020 SOA Student Research Case Study Challenge

The SOA 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. Over the course of eight weeks, teams of up to five students research a given case study, conduct actuarial analysis, formulate solutions and present recommendations. Finalists are invited to present to a panel of SOA judges for top awards. All teams who meet a minimum standard are recognized in official SOA publications.

2020 SOA Workable Innovations For Living Longer Contest

2020 Workable Innovations For Living Longer (WILL) Contest

The SOA’s Mortality and Longevity Strategic Research Program Steering Committee's third Workable Innovations for Living Longer (WILL) Contest is open. The submission deadline has been extended. Entrants now have until July 10, 2020 to submit videos and written explanations on an idea that will help people extend their healthy life expectancy by social, physical, and/or psychological means. Please see the 2018 SOA Workable Innovations for Living Longer Contest page as a reference.

Entries will be judged on originality, practicality, clarity of pitch, and impact of the idea. Up to five finalists will receive air, hotel, and one-day registration to the 2020 SOA Annual Meeting & Exhibit to present their ideas during a session on October 26, 2020.  Live voting by the judges and audience will result with the winners being announced live during this session. Grand Prize is $10,000 USD, with second place receiving $5,000 USD and third place receiving $1,000 USD. Please send submissions to The contest is open to individuals 18 and older, in the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom. Official contest rules located here. 

2018 Data Analysis Contest

The Society of Actuaries is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring a Data Analysis Contest. The purpose of this contest is to encourage SOA members and students, as well as the general public, to apply their data analysis and predictive analytics skills to a large preliminary public dataset to test the dataset for issues, gaps, inconsistencies and problems. Entries will be accepted between September 1, 2018 and October 31, 2018.

The Halmstad Prize

The David Garrick Halmstad prize is given annually for actuarial research in memory of David Halmstad, a former Associate of the SOA, for his significant contributions to actuarial science and research. The paper is selected by a committee of the SOA's Education and Research Section who examine major English language actuarial journals, nominate outstanding papers, review selected articles and vote for the best paper. The results of these proceedings are submitted to The Actuarial Foundation Research Committee for ratification. See a list of previous winners.