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News archive - 2021

Friday, February 26, 2021

Ilia Sucholutsky, PhD student, awarded Waterloo.AI scholarship

Contratulations Ilia Sucholutsky winner of the Waterloo Artificial Intelligent (AI) Institute Graduate Scholarship 2021.   

This scholarship was awarded to at least one PhD and one Masters student from each of the University's six faculties; Applied Health Science, Arts, Engineering, Environment, Mathematics, and Science.  This year, Ilia Sucholutsky was the PhD recipient representing the Faculty of Mathematics. 

For more information about the scholarships, please visit Waterloo.AI site.  

Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Right Direction

Katia Naccarato

Katia Naccarato has never shied away from exploring an unfamiliar path, hitting a dead end, and trying a different one. Before she enrolled in the Master of Actuarial Science (MActSc) program at the Faculty of Mathematics, she was laser-focused on pursuing a career in medicine. Her current trajectory looks nothing like she expected, but she’s confident she’s heading in the right direction.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Laying a foundation

Samantha Wallis

Samantha Wallis’s enthusiasm for statistics is matched only by her longtime passion for visual arts. As she considers her path forward after graduating with a degree in mathematics, Wallis thinks about how to meld her two interests into a single career. While she hasn’t landed on a definitive answer, she has a strong hunch where she will go next.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

SAS students take first place in ANSA case competition

Case competition winners

Contratulations to our fourth year actuarial science students who won first place in the 2021 ASNA Case competition!

Team Members:

  • Nianchen (Steven) Liu
  • Yifan (Eva) Li
  • Cheng (Robin) Wang
  • Chen Han (Owen) Lin

Background information: 

The formal name of the Convention is Actuarial Students’ National Association (ASNA). Every year hundreds of students across different Canadian Universities gather with the senior managers and directors of multiple well-known companies to learn about the future and the changes of the actuarial industry. Furthermore, it is a great opportunity for students to network with the employers to earn insights and potential offers. Hosted by the exact convention, the case competition (ASNA Case Competition) is an annual competition with its final round occurring during the days of the convention, with multiple professional actuaries being the judges. During the competition, we are asked to build essentially a brand new insurance product with some historic information of our clients and analyze how we should model and set its price.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Luke Hagar named GRADflix finalist!

GRADflix is an annual competition hosted by the University of Waterloo’s Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) in which graduate students create one-minute videos to describe their research. These one-minute videos act as an “elevator pitch” for graduate students to explain a complex idea to a non-specialist audience.

Our very own Luke Hagar (MMath in Statistics) has been selected as a finalist in this competition. His video titled “Beyond p-values: Sample size determination using Bayesian statistics” will be shared live along with the videos of the other finalists during this year’s showcase. This is the first time that the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science has been represented in the GRADflix competition.

The GRADflix 2021 Showcase is taking place virtually on Friday, January 29, 2021 from 3 to 5 PM (EST). After the finalists’ videos are shown live, the winners will be announced, and attendees can vote on the People’s Choice prize winner. The event will be streamed live on the GSPA YouTube channel and attendees can register online.

Please attend to show your support of Luke!

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