2019-20 Finalist Teams Announced!

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:
 
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Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, CA

Parth Asawa
Eric Zhang
Richard Liu
Brandon Guo
Joe Kim – Coach

Atoms
High Technology High School, Lincroft, NJ

Emily Jiang
Jason Yan
Gustav Hansen
Ellen LeBlanc – Coach

Jericho B
Jericho High School, Jericho, NY

William Hu
Catherine Kim
Edgar Ma
Ethan Zhang
Katherine Zhang
Matt DeMarinis – Coach

Mountain View High Math Modeling
Mountain View High School, Mountain View, CA
Arjun Patrawala
Katherine Wang
Henry Wang
Tony Xin
Daran Wang – Coach

Payton – Team 2
Walton Payton College Prep, Chicago, IL
Carol Liu
Andre Nandi
Kristen Si
Elizabeth Kujawa
Scott Galson – Coach

Proof School
Proof School, San Francisco, CA

Kevin Zhang
Charlotte Borchards
Zachary Zitzewitz
Cole Kissane
Kate Royce – Coach

SANA
Whitney High School, Cerritos, CA

Amrita Vinjamury
Anastacia Son
Nafeesa Karim
Shravani Khisti
Stephanie Machado – Coach

Team Rocket
Hunter College High School, New York, NY

Eszter Morvay
Bicker Forrest
Gabriella Morvay – Coach

Unicorn 1
NC School of Science and Mathematics, Durham, NC

Agnim Agarwal
Daniel Teague – Coach

Waukee APEX – Foxtrot
Waukee APEX, Waukee, IA
Emma Shephard
Elle Samples
Eve Wiltse
Barry Connor
Jesse Hunt – Coach

Wayzata Blue
Wayzata High School, Plymouth, MN
Andrew Yang
Brian Lin
George Lyu
Kevin Sun
Audrey Yang
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!