Actuarial Club

This is the Actuarial Club web-page in the Mathematics Department at University of Maryland on the College Park Campus. The Club met irregularly in Spring 2018 every other week on Mondays 4-5pm in MTH B0421, beginning on February 27, 2018.



Faculty advisor:    Eric Slud, office MTH 2314,   email   evs@math.umd.edu

Meetings:
Monday, Feb. 13, 2018:    This was an organizational and introductory meeting.
Monday, Feb. 27, 2018:    We discussed the contents of a few YouTube videos on "What it Means to be an Actuary"
                        that can be found here. We also discussed the relevance of various academic
                        disciplines to Actuarial Science.
Monday, March 20, 2018:    Actuary guest speaker, Matt Griffin, currently a doctoral candidate at UMCP, and formerly
                        an Actuary for about 10 years, will talk about how and why he became an Actuary; about
                        working for a big firm as opposed to a smaller firm; and why he left.
This March 20 speaker was unable to come. He will be the instructor in STAT 470 in Spring 2019 and his visit and talk will be rescheduled for next spring.

Monday, April 3, 2018 4-5:30pm, Society of Actuaries campus outreach event, with presentations, opportunity for questions, and refreshments.
This Society of Actuaries Event was well-attended and informative. The presenters gave lots of information and left various printed materials. The main take-away seems to be an invitation to consult web-pages regularly for updates on curriculum changes, for access (at www.soa.org) to the SOA Explorer Tool enabling you to search for fellow actuaries and actuarial students and resources, and for introductions to actuarial research and research journals, some of them targeted to students.

Monday, April 17, 2018:    another guest speaker, Todd Hovik, currently an Actuary, who adiscussed his career experience.

Monday, May 1, 2018:    another guest speaker, Rachel Wobrak, Program Director for CMNS in the University Career, gave a presentation on Resume, Interview skills, internship questions, etc.


Friday, November 2,2018, 4-5:30pm, room ESJ 1309: We had a very successful overview session, with a talk by Aaron Stonacek of T. Rowe Price. His slides (supplied by Society of Actuaries) gave an orientation to the actuarial profession and the actuarial examinations, including his own background, advice about course preparation and examination study, and answers to various student questions.

Friday, November 30,2018: We will meet again. Eric Slud (faculty advisor, Math Dept.) will talk about course selection at UMD related to actuarial science as well as related academic pathways (business statistics, econometrics, operations research, data science) that students considering actuarial careers might be interested in. The talk will also describe the flavor of the mathematical and statistical modeling topics in various segments of the Society of Actuaries and Casualty Actuarial Society examination syllabus, and if time permits, we will discuss the special features of the actuarial examination problems by comparison with homework and examination problems in mathematics courses. Some of the flavor of the math-topic survey can be seen in these slides.



Links:
           Math Department
           Math Department Actuarial Science Page

           Society of Actuaries ASA Pathway

           Display of UMD VEE Courses
           Exam P
           Exam FM

           Actuarial-Exam Coaching Website
           Be-an-Actuary Website
           Actuary Network
           ActuarialOutpost.com" for connections with other actuaries and students, and also
           SOA.org/candidateconnect
           Society of Actuaries
           ActuarialBookstore.com for books and actuarial supplies
           Casualty Actuarial Society
           BLS Occupational Outlook for  Actuaries
           CMPS Career Services