The Society of Actuaries Names 2021—2022 James C. Hickman Scholars

Schaumburg, IL (May 14) – The Society of Actuaries (SOA) announced four new SOA James C. Hickman Scholars. Each recipient will receive a $20,000 stipend for the 2021—2022 academic year. The program provides stipends to doctoral candidates who will, through their studies and careers, address research and education needs of the actuarial profession.

The SOA Board of Directors established the SOA James C. Hickman Scholars program to increase the number of academic actuaries who hold a Ph.D. and an actuarial designation; and who intend to pursue academic careers in the U.S. or Canada. The scholar recipients were chosen from many highly-qualified applicants currently enrolled in or applying to actuarial science doctoral programs or a related field, in the U.S. or Canada. Recipients have made progress toward, or have already attained, an actuarial designation, either associate of the SOA (ASA) or fellow of the SOA (FSA). 

The 2021—2022 SOA Hickman Scholars are:

  • Ernest Aboagye, ASA (Georgia State University)
  • Elizabeth Gibbs (University of Connecticut)
  • Shimeng Huang (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Qiuqi Wang (University of Waterloo)

In addition, six previous Hickman Scholars had their stipends renewed for the 2021—2022 academic year:

  • Jean-Thomas Baillargeon, FSA, CERA, FCIA (Université Laval)
  • Roba Bairakdar, ASA (Concordia University)
  • Wenyuan Li (University of Waterloo)
  • Hong Beng Lim (University of Iowa)
  • Yechao Meng (University of Waterloo)
  • Gabrielle Trudeau (HEC Montréal)

The program was named in memory of James C. Hickman, FSA, former dean of the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Business. During his more than 40-year academic career, Hickman made numerous contributions to teaching, research and scholarship, including co-authorship of the Actuarial Mathematics textbook. He also served the profession as a member of the SOA Board of Governors and trustee of The Actuarial Foundation, among other volunteer roles.

About The SOA

With roots dating back to 1889, the Society of Actuaries (SOA) is the world’s largest actuarial professional organization with more than 32,000 actuaries as members. Through research and education, the SOA's mission is to advance actuarial knowledge and to enhance the ability of actuaries to provide expert advice and relevant solutions for financial, business and societal challenges. The SOA's vision is for actuaries to be the leading professionals in the measurement and management of risk.