Research Competitions and Awards

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


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.