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    • Dinner with an Actuary
    • Date: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
    • Time: 6:00 pm
    • RSVP Here

    Hello wonderful members!

    Dinner with an Actuary from Oliver Wyman will be Wednesday, May 27th, 6pm.

    This will be the last dinner we will have this quarter, so don't miss this great opportunity!

    We will only be selecting 4 PAID members (one person per grade) to dine with the actuary from Towers Watson, so please sign up through this link: link ASAP! The deadline to sign up is Monday at noon. We will let you know if you were chosen and will provide more details on Tuesday night.

    Keep in mind that you are only allowed to attend one Dinners with an Actuary per school year! Also, to help partially offset the cost of the food, we have a $5 flat rate.

    • Dinner with an Actuary
    • Date: Monday, May 25th, 2015
    • Time: 6:00 pm
    • RSVP Here

    Hello wonderful members!

    Dinner with an Actuary from Mercer will be Monday, May 25th, 6pm.

    This will be the second to the last dinner we will have this quarter, so don't miss this great opportunity!

    We will only be selecting 4 PAID members (one person per grade) to dine with the actuary from Towers Watson, so please sign up through this link: link ASAP! The deadline to sign up is Sunday at noon. We will let you know if you were chosen and will provide more details on Sunday night.

    Keep in mind that you are only allowed to attend one Dinners with an Actuary per school year! Also, to help partially offset the cost of the food, we have a $5 flat rate.

    • HealthNet Info Session
    • Date: Thursday, May 21th, 2015
    • Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
    • Location: Franz 1260
    • RSVP Here

    Hello wonderful members!

    Our events continue this week with a HealthNet Info Session, this Thursday May 21st from 6-8pm in Franz 1260.

    This event will be hosted by HeathNet actuaries who will be discussing various topics pertaining to the health field, as well as general information about current open positions and the actuarial exam process.

    This is a great event if you're interested in working in health or if you have any questions about the actuarial field. There will also be time for questions and networking after the presentation.

    We have limited spots due to the popularity of the event, so please RSVP here.

    Hope to see you all there!

    • Dinner with an Actuary
    • Date: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
    • Time: 6:30 pm
    • RSVP Here

    Hello wonderful members!

    Our Dinners with an Actuary is back! Towers Watson will be kicking off this new series of events next Wednesday.

    If you are unfamiliar with this program, Dinners with an Actuary is when several students get to network and dine with actuaries from various fields in a more intimate, smaller group setting. Students must be paid members to attend, and due to the popularity of the event, we limit students to one Dinner per school year.

    We will only be selecting 4 PAID members (one person per grade) to dine with the actuary from Towers Watson, so please sign up through this link: link ASAP! The deadline to sign up is Monday at noon. We will let you know if you were chosen and will provide more details Monday night. To help partially offset the cost of the food, we have a $5 flat rate.

    Keep in mind that you are only allowed to attend one Dinners with an Actuary per school year! There will be many more chances later this quarter, so don't be sad if you weren't chosen.

    • Spring Banquet
    • Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
    • Time: 6:00 – 8:30pm
    • Location: California Room at UCLA's Faculty Center
    • Attire: Business Casual
    • RSVP Here

    Hello wonderful members!

    We are happy to announce this year's BAS Spring Banquet! This is a great networking opportunity for you to build personal connections with firm recruiters and actuarial professionals outside a formal career fair. The better you get to know the firm representatives, or more importantly, the better the firms get to know you, the better chance you have to get an internship or job with them!

    At this event, you will have the chance to meet several firm representatives, employees, UCLA alumni, BAS sponsors, and the UCLA Math Department Faculty. We will introduce new BAS officers for next year as well.

    The real cost of each person at the event is more than $30. However, as a BAS member, you only need to pay $10 for the banquet. Make sure you pay the fee this week only at our office MS 2354. We will be at the office on Monday from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 12pm, and Wednesday and Friday from 12pm to 3pm.

    We have limited spots due to the popularity of the event, so please RSVP here.

    Hope to see you all there!

    • Excel Workshop
    • Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
    • Time: 6:15 – 8:00pm
    • Location: Franz 1260
    • Note: Please remember to bring your laptop (Windows preferred)
    • RSVP Here

    Dearest members,

    We hope your studies are going well as the sixth week begins. Do you want to know how actuaries utilize Excel? Are you curious about your proficiency of Excel? If so, you're in luck! The Excel Workshop is back. The first BAS Excel Workshop of the quarter will take place in Franz 1260 on Thursday, May 7 from 6:15 – 8:00 PM.

    This time we are grateful to have alumni from Towers Watson to talk about how they utilize excel in their daily work. Our speakers from Towers Watson will also talk about how they deal with inaccurate or imperfect data.

    This is a great opportunity for you if you want to know more about how actuaries use Excel to solve problems or if you are just curious about what you can achieve with your actuarial skills using excel. After the event, there will be some time to network with the professionals from Towers Watson.

    We have limited spots due to the popularity of the event, so please RSVP here.

    Hope to see you all there!

    • Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
    • Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
    • Location: Franz 1260
    • Note: bring your printed resume
    • RSVP Here

    Dearest members!

    In order to land the first interview, you need to have a winning resume. We will be holding a resume critique session for our members next Thursday, 4/30 starting at 6:30 pm at Franz 1260. Please note that we only take first 35 RSVPs this time. You will receive a confirmation email from one of our officers with your arrival time next week if you are selected.

    We have limited spots due to the popularity of the event, so please RSVP here.

    Hope to see you all there!

    • Mock Interviews
    • Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
    • Time: 8:00am – 4:30pm
    • Location: UCLA Career Center
    • Attire: Business Casual
    • RSVP Here

    Hello wonderful members!

    As you all know, interviews are often the most difficult part of the internship/job-hunting process. Mock Interviews are a great way to practice for your interviews for Internships and Full Time positions in a less stressful environment. For those of you who are looking to hone your interview skills, we will be having a mock interview event on Monday, 4/27 from 8 - 4:30pm at Career Center 3rd floor.

    During this event, we have BAS officers conduct a one-on-one interview with you and give you valuable feedback so that you may perform at your best in actual interviews (in the actual interview rooms as well!). Due to the high demand, this event will fill up very quickly. Please register ASAP on the Event Registration page to secure a spot for yourself. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP IF YOU CAN NOT MAKE THE CHOSEN TIME.

    If you have any questions about our mock interview event, feel free to email us back. Upon signing up, you will receive a confirmation email.

    We have limited spots due to the popularity of the event, so please RSVP here.

    Hope to see you all there!

    • Internship Essentials Workshop I
    • Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
    • Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
    • Location: Franz 1260
    • RSVP Here

    Hello wonderful members!

    Welcome back from Spring Break! We hope your Spring quarter started off great. For those of you starting your first internships this summer, seeking more information about how to get internships, or just looking into the actuarial recruiting scene, we will be having our first Internship Essentials Workshop Thursday, 4/16 from 6-8pm in Franz 1260 in which we will cover everything from networking essentials to LinkedIn to what actually occurs at an internship.

    During this workshop, all members are encouraged to ask questions about networking skills or anything you want to know about internships!

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    • Excel Workshop II
    • Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015
    • Time: 6:15 – 8:00pm
    • Location: MS 6627
    • RSVP Here

    Hello wonderful members!

    We hope your studies are going well as tenth week begins. For those of you who just can't get enough BAS, we'll be having a second Excel Workshop Tuesday, 3/10 from 6:15 - 8:00 in MS 6627 in which Jonathan will be covering some more Excel tips and give an overview of Macro Recording and VBA programming and applications. We may also cover some integration of external data sources into Excel, such as through Access SQL

    We will be talking about coding convention, logic structures, and possibly go over some code examples, so it is a good idea to take notes.

    Please note that, unlike the basic Excel Workshop, we cannot guarantee that we can help you if you run Excel on Mac as VBA and more advanced aspects of Excel do not behave the same way/have the same features on Mac. If you bring a laptop to follow along, please bring a Windows machine.

    Finally, please RSVP by Monday 3/9 at 10pm for this event so that we can send you the workshop files. These files are substantially larger than the first workshop so we will not be sending them out in a mass email.

    Hope to see you all there!

    • Farmers Info Session
    • Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
    • Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
    • Location: MS 6627
    • RSVP Here

    Hello Members!

    Farmers is excited to be visiting UCLA for an info session on Thursday, 3/5 from 6:30 - 8:00pm in MS 6627. Please join us for an opportunity to learn more about what actuaries at Farmers do and the opportunities available for actuarial students and interns. There will be plenty of time for open Q&A as well.

    They have posted their intern position, which you can find through the link .

    As summer approaches, the recruiting season will come to a close. This will probably be one of our last info sessions for the school year so definitely take this opportunity to bring your questions and get some exposure!

    See you there!

    • Dinner with an Actuary
    • Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
    • Time: 6:00 pm
    • RSVP Here

    Hello Members!

    Last year's popular event, Dinners with an Actuary, is coming back!

    If you are unfamiliar with this program, Dinners with an Actuary is when several students get to network and dine with actuaries from various fields in a more intimate, smaller group setting. Students must be paid members to attend, and due to the popularity of the event, we limit students to one Dinner per school year.

    We are happy to announce that this Wednesday, February 25th, at 6PM will be a dinner with an actuary from Kaiser.

    For this first dinner, we will only be selecting 4 PAID members (one person per grade) to dine with the actuaries from Kaiser, so please sign up through the link ASAP! The deadline to sign up is Monday at 11 pm. We will let you know if you were chosen and will provide more details Tuesday afternoon. To help partially offset the cost of the food, we usually have a $5 flat rate for this event.

    Keep in mind that you are only allowed to attend one Dinners with an Actuary per school year!

    • Excel Workshop I
    • Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
    • Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
    • Location: MS 6627
    • RSVP Here

    Hello wonderful members!

    Are you curious about your proficiency of excel? Do you want to know more about excel? Did you already get a full-time/internship offer and want to warm up your technical skills before you start? Do you want to be confident to say "yes, I know excel" during an interview? If your answer is yes, then please come to our next excel workshop on Tuesday, February 17 6:30 - 8:00 in MS 6627.

    We plan to cover the following topics:

    1. Going through table with huge bundle of data (Navigate)
    2. Look up functions
    3. Pivot Table
    4. Data analysis (What-if analysis – goal seek and data table)
    5. Other useful functions

    Here is a file that we will use during the workshop. Hopefully they can at least give you a taste of what we are going to cover during the workshop.

    We Look forward to seeing you there!

    • Resume/Interview Workshop
    • Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015
    • Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
    • Location: MS 6627
    • RSVP Here

    Hello wonderful members!

    It's often the toughest part of the internship search process: creating that perfect resume, and afterwards the dreaded interview. BAS invites you to attend our first ever joint resume/interview workshop on Tuesday, February 10 6:30 - 8:00 in MS 6627.

    The program will break down the resume and interview into steps, which will also tackle the various components of the resume: exams, work experience, education, extracurriculars/leadership, hobbies and will discuss common questions that pertain to that component. This workshop will also extensively discuss WHY the employer is asking a certain question-- and also, how best to respond!

    During this workshop, all members are encouraged to ask questions. Moreover, members will also be able to "interview" the officers-- giving you a chance to see how the officers would respond to often very difficult and tricky questions!

    Please do come prepared with questions and/or your resume.

    We Look forward to seeing you there!

    • Alumni Talk
    • Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
    • Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
    • Location: MS 6627
    • RSVP Here

    Hello wonderful members!

    Have you ever wondered what a typical day of an actuary is like? Do you want to know some challenges that actuaries face and how they handle them? BAS has invited some outstanding alumni back for our annual Alumni Talk on Tuesday, February 3 6:30 - 8:00 in MS 6627 to share their experience with you all!

    The program will begin with a panel discussion, during which we will ask some frequently asked questions to our panelists, followed by a short Q&A. Finally, there will be a brief networking opportunity for you to mingle with our awesome alumni.

    Please dress Business Casual if you wish to attend and network.Here are some guidelines when you think of questions:

    Do ask about:

    • Career Paths (How did you find the career that was right for you?)
    • Majors and UCLA specific experiences
    • Actuarial programs at the firm(s) that you have worked at
    • Work-life balance

    Do not ask about:

    • Salary
    • "How do I get a job at your company"/"what do you ask in an interview at your company?"
    • etc. use your common sense

    We Look forward to seeing you there!

  • Congratulations to Team 8 – Calvin Liu, Lilian Lee, Rachel Yang, Ying Liu, and John Yang, the Winners of the Third BAS Case Competition.

    Case Competition 2014 Winners

    Less than two weeks ago, 15 teams entered the competition. Only one emerged victorious.

    Case Competition Trophy

    A very special thanks goes out to Farmers Insurance and the Casualty Actuary Society for all of their help organizing and writing the case competition this year.

    Farmers Insurance

    The judges all agreed that the final four were all very impressive, and would like to especially extend an honorable mention to Team 6 for making the decision of first place a very difficult one – Xuemin He, Jing Feng, Will Griffith, Vincent Yang, and Brandon Chioy. Additionally honored are the members of the other finalist teams, Team 13 and Team 9, Serena Wang, Colin Ji, Ryan Kim, Brian Tat, and Marshall Dong; Tian Yuan, Christian Ciabattoni, Vince Yang, and Jonathan Wang.

    Casualty Actuarial Society
  • Case Competition
    • Case Competition Kickoff
    • Date: Thursday, January 8, 2015
    • Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
    • Location: MS 6627

    Happy New Year! We are happy to announce the Third UCLA Actuarial Case Competition written by Farmers Insurance. This is a great chance for you to learn more about the actuarial career and practice your professional skills. Moreover, the outstanding teams will have the opportunity to present in front of various firm professionals, which will be a big plus for recruiting. We continue to hear feedback from recruiters that the experience students get from working on more real-world type problems is a great asset for internship and entry-level candidates.

    The case competition is one of our biggest events of the year and we have received great support from the Math Department and local firms. We sincerely hope you can be part of it and benefit from this event.

    The Rules:

    Students will form teams of 5 to work on an actuarial case project. Additionally, at least two members of your team must be underclassmen (first or second years). You will choose your team members and sign up on January 8. We will help form teams, if necessary. Your team efforts will be delivered in a business report and a 10-minute presentation, with the first round on January 12.

    There will be a kick-off meeting to hand out the case and to brief you on the subject matter. After the first-round presentation, the officer judging panel will provide feedback to help your team improve. 8 teams will move onto the second round and present to faculty. The top 3 teams will then advance to the final round, where they will present to firm professionals. Each member of the winning team will win a $100 gift card and receive a sleek trophy.

    Remember, you must be a paid member in order to participate in this event. If you have not paid, we will be collecting membership fees during the kick-off meeting and via paypal.

    Important Dates:

    January 8 from 6:30 to 8pm at MS 6627, Thursday of Week 1 - Kick-off Meeting: rules, presentation workshop, case briefing, team and time slot sign-ups. We highly suggest every member of your team to be present. If you don't sign up your team at the Kick-Off Meeting, you will not be allowed to participate. Additionally, all further details about the case will be distributed only to those who have signed up.

    RSVP for the Kick-off Meeting here.

    January 12 starting at 6:30pm at MS 6627, Monday of Week 2: First round presentation the BAS Officer Board.

    January 15 starting at 6:30pm at MS 6627, Thursday of Week 2: Second round presentation to faculty (advancing teams)

    January 20 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Room TBD, Tuesday of Week 3: Final round presentation to professionals by the finalist teams, followed by a reception open to all participants.

    Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We are looking forward to your participation.

    • Exam FM Workshop
    • Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    • Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
    • Location: MS 6627
    • RSVP Here

    We hope you've been able to all focus on midterms the last couple weeks! On the topic of exams, we're excited to offer an Exam FM Workshop this Tuesday, 11/18 in MS 6627.

    The exam sitting is coming up in December, but we'll be making the workshop accessible for students getting ready to take the exam as well as those looking to get an overview of what's to expect. Come to learn from our very own Sean Ke and meet other students sitting for exam FM!

    We hope to see you all there!

    UPDATE: you can find the powerpoint that we went over at the workshop here (176KB) in .pptx format.

    • UnitedHealth Group Info Session
    • Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    • Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
    • Location: MS 6627
    • RSVP Here

    As you know, recruiting season is in full swing. To help you all with getting to know the hiring companies, we regularly host Info Sessions. Coming up next is UnitedHealthcare!

    UnitedHealthcare is excited to be visiting UCLA for an info session on Wednesday, 10/29 from 6:30 - 8:00pm in MS 6627. Please join us for an opportunity to learn more about what actuaries at UnitedHealthcare do and the opportunities available for actuarial students and interns. There will be plenty of time for open Q&A as well.

    We hope to see you all there!

    • International Student Workshop
    • Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
    • Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
    • Location: MS 6627
    • RSVP Here

    Attention international students!

    This Tuesday, 10/28 we will be holding an International Student workshop in MS 6627 from 6:30 – 7:30pm. We will be talking about the visa process and getting summer/full-time work as an international student. We will also be discussing some of the key points to practice in order to succeed in the actuarial field, specific to international students!

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    • Freshmen Workshop
    • Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
    • Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
    • Location: MS 6627
    • RSVP Here
    • Please bring this file on your laptop

    Attention Freshmen and other new students!

    This Thursday we are having a freshmen workshop in MS 6627 from 6:30 – 7:30pm. We'll be talking about the classese to take here, explaining what the actuarial exams are about, answering your questions, and helping you with any of your concerns.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    • Seventh Annual BAS Career Fair
    • Date: Monday, October 13, 2014
    • Time: 5:00 – 7:30pm
    • Location: Ackerman Grand Ballroom
    • Business Formal
    • RSVP Here by Wednesday, 10/8 at 11:59PM

    We are proud to announce our 7th Annual Bruin Actuarial Society Career Fair which will be next Monday, October 13th. We start school right in the thick of recruiting season, so whether you are searching for an actuarial internship, an entry-level position, or wish to just practice networking and learn about the industry, you should attend the fair!

    The fair will be from 5:00pm - 7:30pm in Ackerman Grand Ballroom again this year. There is a strict business formal dress code.

    By RSVPing you will also continue to receive additional information on this event (firm info sheets, reminders, etc.)

    Remember, only paid members can attend the fair. If you still need to pay membership, please come by our Towers Watson Info Session/Resume Workshop on Thursday or pay through PayPal by following the instructions here

    Additionally, we will be collecting resumes for a Career Fair resume book to give to firms beforehand. This is optional, and if you wish to have your resume included, please send us an inquiry with subject line "Career Fair Resume Book Submission Request."

    Don't pass up this huge networking opportunity!

    • Towers Watson Info Session/Resume Workshop
    • Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
    • Time: 6:30 - 8:30PM
    • Location: MS 4000
    • Dress: Business Casual
    • RSVP by 11:59PM 10/8/2014
    • What: Towers Watson is a prestigious actuarial consulting firm which practices in both the Retirement/Pensions and Health/Group Benefits fields. At this event, actuaries from Towers will be talking about what being an actuary at Towers is all about. Afterwards, they will be available to help you on your resumes. If you wish to be reviewed, please bring clean resumes and dress at least business casual; we recommend you get an officer to look at it first, so email us or talk to us during the event! Don't pass up this opportunity to network with Towers' Actuaries before the career fair!

  • BAS Officers will be offering virtual resume reviews to get everyone back to speed and ready for the Career Fair! How's this work? You sign up via the form linked below, then an officer will email you and then you will send your resume to that officer and work together through email correspondence.

    If you're interested in getting your resume reviewed, please sign up on the form here

    We know it's not as good as getting to see all of your lovely faces, but once school starts, do come say hi at our Enormous Activities Fair and our General Meeting!

  • General Meeting
    • Mentorship Mixer
    • Date: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
    • Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
    • Location: MS 3974 (SMC)
    • RSVP Here by Monday, 10/6 at 9PM

    Our first event of the year is upcoming — the Mentorship Mixer! It is an opportunity for you to be learn more about the officers and be assigned one of the officers as your mentor based on your preferences. Your mentor provides one-on-one services like resume critiques, mock interviews, exam prep, etc. As mentioned in the general meeting, the mentorship program will be more geared towards freshman, sophomores, and transfers; juniors and seniors are welcome to join as well, however we will be introducing a program geared specifically towards you later on and encourage you to wait for that.

  • General Meeting
    • General Meeting
    • Date: Friday, October 3rd, 2014
    • Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
    • Location: MS 4000

    Our very first meeting is coming up this Friday, October 3rd at 6:30pm, MS 4000! You'll learn more about the actuarial career and what our club has to offer to make you all perfect students and candidates! We have alumni attending to speak about their experience and you'll also be able to pay the $35 membership fee (which is also payable by following the membership instructions here). This fee covers the cost of our events and grants you admission to our biggest events - the Career Fair, Actuarial Case Competition, and Spring Banquet. See you guys there!

  • Welcome back to school everyone! Now that it is week 0 and that fall quarter is officially about to begin, we can't wait to meet all of you! We will have a booth at the Enormous Activities Fair on Tuesday 9/29 from 11am – 3pm where you can meet some of the officers and learn more about our club. We'll be there to talk about our upcoming events, how to join, and also to answer any of your questions. Welcome home, bruins, and see you all soon!

  • Hello incoming freshmen at Orientation! We hope that you're enjoying your first few adventures with your O-groups and getting acquainted with the campus and the town. Congratulations and welcome to the Bruin family!

    Membership applications for the Bruin Actuarial Society are now open, so please sign up for our mailing list here.

    We are committed to helping students interested in the actuarial path figure out how to navigate through their college careers and into the professional world.