News archive - October 2019

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Students shine at the first Waterloo Student Conference in Statistics, Actuarial Science, and Finance

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On Friday October 18 and Saturday October 19, 2019 the first Waterloo Student Conference in Statistics, Actuarial Science, and Finance took place.  While this event was hosted by the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, it was the students who brought it to life.  This two-day conference was organized by students, for students.

The agenda for the conference featured keynote presentations by leading researchers, Xiao-Li Meng (Harvard University), Sebastian Jaimungal (University of Toronto), and Mary Thompson (University of Waterloo), as well as 40 research presentations by students from a variety of universities. 

The conference also included presentation awards for the two most outstanding talks in each field:

In the fields of Actuarial Science and Finance, the winners were:

  • Xiyue Han (University of Waterloo) for the talk: On the Extrema of Functions in the Takagi Class
  • Francois Micheal Boire (University of Western) for the talk: Distributional Response to Fiscal Stimulus

In the fields of Statistics and Biostatisics, the winners were:

  • Christopher Salahub (University of Waterloo) for the talk: Seen to Be Done: A Graphical Investigation of Peremptory Challenge
  • Gabriela Gonzalez Martinez (York University) for the talk: Bandwidth selection for the effective dose problem

To view information on other talks presented at the conference, including abstracts, please view the conference program.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Maclean’s features READI

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Maclean’s wrote an article about how the University of Waterloo and funding from the Canadian government is helping Indonesia prepare for climate change. Through the Risk Management, Economic Sustainability and Actuarial Science in Indonesia (READI)project in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Waterloo is working to establish Indonesia as a regional centre of actuarial science.

Indonesia’s universities did not have a top-ranked actuarial science program, nor a cooperative program. With funding from Global Affairs, Manulife Indonesia, and Sun Life, the dedication of staff and faculty members from the University of Waterloo, and eager partners in Indonesia, nine out of 12 Indonesian universities are working with READI.

The success continues to grow. At the most recent co-op event, more than 80 companies showed up at one university. To learn more about the success of the program, see the full article in Maclean’s

Friday, October 11, 2019

Interested in Actuarial Science?

Angel Yang

Learn about the program from Angel Yang, a fourth year student majoring in Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo. In her interview with AdvisorSmith, Angel talks about why she chose to study at the University of Waterloo, her experience on campus, why a co-op program made sense to her, and much more. View the full interview online to see what she has to say.  

If you are interested in pursuing Actuarial Science, Waterloo should be at the top of your list. The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science (SAS) is considered a top tier academic unit in the field of Actuarial Science.  Our department has one of the world’s largest programs at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels. SAS offers professional masters programs as well as research-oriented masters and doctoral programs in actuarial science and finance. It is home to the bachelor of mathematics in actuarial science program which covers a wide range of courses, including full coverage of the material of the SOA/CAS associateship requirements and some coverage of the SOA/CAS fellowship requirements. With a sizeable actuarial faculty, the range of courses offered is broad and extends well beyond the SOA/CAS syllabi. Students may choose to gain foundational knowledge in life insurance, property and casualty insurance, pensions, risk theory, quantitative finance, and corporate finance. Students who are particularly interested in financial or predictive analytics topics may elect to add either option to their actuarial science honours plan.