BAS Week 1 Events Reminder

Dearest members,

Welcome back! We hope you are enjoying the winter break! Here are some reminders about our Week 1 events. As mentioned in our previous email, week 1 and week 2 events would be held virtually on Zoom.


Bruin Actuarial Society 9th Annual Case Competition

  • What: A segment of real-life actuarial work, written by actuaries at Liberty Mutual this year and related to the work they do on a daily basis. You will work in a team to conduct research, analyze data and draw conclusions, write a report, and present your findings to a panel of judges.
  • Who: Teams of at most four undergraduate UCLA students, at least two of whom must be first-years, second-years, or first-year transfers. All members must be paid BAS members. To pay our annual membership fee, please visit our website: https://www.math.ucla.edu/~actuary/join.html
    • To find potential teammates, you may use this spreadsheet.
    • To register your team for the case competition, please have one person from your team fill out this form by the end of the kickoff meeting (more details below).
  • Why: Case competitions are an excellent way to get actuarial experience before seeking an actuarial position. Whether you wish to see if the field is right for you, or if you want to get a leg up for recruiting next fall, this will be a great opportunity to develop your technical, teamwork, and communication skills.
  • When:
    • Technical Skills Workshop: Tuesday, 1/5 (Details below)
    • Kickoff meeting and case file release: Wednesday, 1/6 (Details below)  
    • First round: Friday, 1/14, 20-minute time slot
    • Final round: Friday, 1/21, 6 PM – 8 PM PST (open networking will follow)
  • How: We recommend reviewing the materials from our Excel workshops on our website. Additionally, you may find it helpful to look through past competitions as well.

Case Competition Technical Skills Workshop – Tuesday, 1/4 from 6 PM – 8 PM PST on Zoom

Based on popular demand, we are excited to again present a workshop covering applications of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint in case competitions. We will first present simple examples illustrating useful formulas and functionality within Excel (including VLOOKUP, PivotTables, data visualization, and more). We will then shift over to a discussion on how to create a compelling presentation of your results.

We highly recommend these events for all interested participants, but especially for first-time case competition participants.

If you are interested, please RSVP here.

Case Competition Introduction and Kickoff – Wednesday, 1/5, 6 PM – 7:30 PM PST on Zoom

We will first provide some guidance on what steps to take to get the most out of the case competition experience, covering some suggestions on efficient ways to split up the work among group members and briefly dissecting some examples from past competitions. We will then discuss the requirements and judging criteria for this year’s case. At the end of this event, you will receive an opportunity to form teams (if you do not already have one) and sign up for the competition. 

At least one member from each team must be present. If you do not have a team, don’t worry! There will be an opportunity to form a team after the presentation.  However, we encourage students to find teammates through the spreadsheet prior to the kickoff meeting if possible.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns about participating!

Best,

Bruin Actuarial Society Officers
Bruin Actuarial Society

Email     |  bruinactuaries@gmail.com 

Website |  http://www.math.ucla.edu/~actuary/

Bruin Actuarial Society Officers
Bruin Actuarial Society

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