CAS Announces the Launch of Inaugural Student Central Summer Program

The Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) is excited to announce the launch of our inaugural CAS Student Central Summer Program!

We understand that students are dealing with many challenges resulting from the novel coronavirus. Among them, some of you have had planned summer internships disrupted, as companies have decided to shorten or cancel their internship programs due to the challenge of managing interns remotely. Our community of CAS members, who know the CAS as a trusted, valuable resource for actuaries throughout their careers, has stepped up to help fill the void. Our online program, designed by practicing actuaries, will support students’ career growth by providing technical and soft skill development, as well as mentorships and networking opportunities.

Over the course of the eight-week program participants will:

  • Complete weekly modules that focus on a variety of property and casualty actuarial topics including pricing, reserving, data visualization and predictive modeling.
  • Connect with mentors for weekly discussions as students advance through the program.
  • Build important soft skills, such as presentation skills, resume/interview prep, professional courtesies and more!
  • Work on teams with other students on a case competition addressing a real-life actuarial problem.
  • Present their final projects to a panel of practicing actuaries.

Students will spend approximately 10 hours a week participating in the program and are expected to attend the program in its eight-week entirety. The program will run from Monday, June 15th – Friday, August 7th.

Students who complete the program will be issued a certificate by the CAS documenting their accomplishment.

Interested in participating? Please fill out the application form by June 1st. All university students are welcome to apply, however priority admittance will be given to those students who have had their internships cancelled, as space is limited. Applicants will be notified no later than June 8th regarding their admission status.

Questions? Please email Tamar Gertner, Director of Engagement and Margaret Kerr, Marketing and Communications Coordinator at


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CAS Presents Webinar on Excel and R for Actuaries Hosted by ASNA!

Last month the CAS participated in a webinar hosted by Canada’s Actuarial Students’ National Association (ASNA), on the topic of Excel and R for Actuaries. The webinar was presented by CAS members Derek Wong, FCAS, Analytics Senior Consultant at CNA Insurance and Brian Fannin, ACAS, CSPA, CAS Staff Actuary.

The presentation provided an overview of each software package and featured live demos of common uses and functions of each software that are most relevant to actuaries.

Check out the webinar recording available for viewing on the ASNA website, to expand your knowledge and sharpen your skills in Excel and R!

ASNA presents a monthly webinar series for actuarial students at its member universities. You can view the list of past webinar recordings hosted by ASNA. Since 2013, the CAS has participated as a sponsor of the ASNA Convention held annually each January. The CAS has also contributed two case studies for the ASNA Case Competitions held in conjunction with the convention. To learn more about ASNA,  visit their website.

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CAS Student Central Webinar – Predictive Analytics and Your Actuarial Career – Recording Now Available!

The CAS hosted its spring webinar for Student Central members on Predictive Analytics and Your Actuarial Career. The webinar provides information on how to leverage the data all around us in new ways. It was developed to provide an update on how to get started in predictive analytics using various steps, tools and resources.

The webinar recording is now available for viewing in the CAS Student Central Online Community.

Webinar Presenters

Meghan Goldfarb, FCAS, MAAA, CPCU, CSPA, Research Manager at State Farm
Chris Gross, ACAS, MAAA, Founder of Gross Consulting

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New Benefit for Members of CAS Student Central: Access to Predictive Modeling Software!

We are excited to announce that through a partnership with Gross Consulting, members of CAS Student Central are being granted exclusive access to predictive modeling software called Cognalysis MultiRate™. This software is described by Gross Consulting as “a powerful predictive modeling tool for actuaries, analysts, and others whose jobs depend on understanding predictive relationships in their data.”

This new complimentary resource is geared towards actuarial students interested in gaining practical hands-on experience by building their own predictive models! Why is this beneficial? “Predictive modeling is critically important to the insurance industry, and its use in the industry continues to expand across lines of business and across insurance company operations,” states Chris Gross, CEO of Gross Consulting. While becoming familiar working with predictive models, students will develop valuable skills that can be added to their resumes and incorporated into talking points during job interviews!

So how can students get started? CAS Student Central members can access the software via the Career Resources tab. There they will find the software available for download, along with a dataset pulled from the website, and three videos that orient them on getting started with MultiRate, and interpreting MultiRate results. Not a CAS Student Central member yet? Join today to gain access to this valuable resource.

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