Research Competitions and Awards

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

2021 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

With the current economic environment, the Society of Actuaries (SOA) is taking steps to review our priorities and where to best dedicate our time and resources. With that in mind, the SOA has cancelled the 2020 Workable Innovations for Living Longer (WILL) Contest.  The SOA will continue to assess the situation over the coming months and conduct another review in early 2021 to determine the feasibility of a 2021 WILL Contest. Questions may be directed to Jan Schuh at

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.