Research Competitions and Awards

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


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.

 

2018 SOA Workable Innovations for Living Longer Contest

The SOA’s Longevity Advisory Group first-ever Workable Innovations for Living Longer (WILL) Contest opened as of February 26, 2018. Entrants have until May 31, 2018 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.

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 SOA Annual Meeting to present their idea at the finals during a session on October 15, 2018. Live voting by the judges and audience will result with the winners being announced live at the 2018 SOA Annual Meeting & Exhibit. Grand Prize is $10,000, with second place receiving $5,000 and third place receiving $1,000. Please send submissions to kmwilliams@soa.org. Official contest rules located here.


SOA Student Case Study Challenge

The SOA is holding a Student 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.


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.