The Actuarial Foundation is proud to announce the 2020 Modeling the Future Challenge Finalists! After extensive review from a judging panel of actuaries across the industry, 11 teams were selected to participate in the Modeling the Future Challenge Symposium. The teams selected as finalists are:
Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, CA
Joe Kim – Coach
High Technology High School, Lincroft, NJ
Ellen LeBlanc – Coach
Jericho High School, Jericho, NY
Matt DeMarinis – Coach
Mountain View High Math Modeling
Mountain View High School, Mountain View, CA
Daran Wang – Coach
Payton – Team 2
Walton Payton College Prep, Chicago, IL
Scott Galson – Coach
Proof School, San Francisco, CA
Kate Royce – Coach
Whitney High School, Cerritos, CA
Stephanie Machado – Coach
Hunter College High School, New York, NY
Gabriella Morvay – Coach
NC School of Science and Mathematics, Durham, NC
Daniel Teague – Coach
Waukee APEX – Foxtrot
Waukee APEX, Waukee, IA
Jesse Hunt – Coach
Wayzata High School, Plymouth, MN
William Skerbitz – Coach
This year’s Modeling the Future Challenge was incredibly competitive with 170 teams taking on the Challenge to model how changing temperatures, droughts, floods, and other severe weather events could cause major upheavals to many industries across the country and make recommendations on how the industry and government can respond in order to mitigate and manage the potential risks.
Teams first had to pass a qualifying round of scenario response topics to demonstrate their mathematical acumen. Semi-finalists were then paired with actuary mentors who helped guide the students as they did research, data analysis and drafted their final papers.
The Foundation will host these finalists at the Modeling the Future Challenge Symposium to connect with actuaries, present their projects, and compete for up to $55,000 in college scholarships! Though only 11 teams were selected as finalists, all the teams did incredible work and should be very proud of the research projects they developed for the MTF Challenge. Every year, we’re more excited about the future because of the amazing research students complete in this Challenge!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Challenge, and especially thanks to the sponsors, challenge development committee members, outreach volunteers, mentors, and judges whose support makes this all possible!
2020 MTF Challenge Symposium Postponement – COVID-19
The Actuarial Foundation is actively doing our part to help minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus to ensure the safety of our students, volunteers, program participants and event attendees. At this time, we have decided to postpone the Modeling the Future Challenge Symposium previously set to take place in April. We hope to announce an alternative date shortly. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. Thank you!