Who We Are

Bruin Actuarial Society serves as the undergraduate student organization associated with the Actuarial Program at UCLA. Led by our board of officers, comprised of undergraduate students, we host events throughout the school year to develop our members academically, socially and professionally. We also maintain the Actuarial Program's connections with insurance and actuarial consulting firms and keep our members updated on internship and career opportunities.

BAS hosts the Actuarial Program's largest events of each year, including our Annual Career Fair in the fall, Actuarial Case Competition in the winter, and Spring Banquet. Our Career Fair is one of the largest in the nation, with over twenty firms attending annually. In addition, we host firm representatives for information sessions, resume workshops and mock interviews, professionalism workshops, and technical workshops to teach programming skills. 

Prospective students and firms interested in building connections with UCLA actuaries, always feel free to contact us at bruinactuaries@gmail.com

Summer Announcements

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Math 176, a two-unit P/NP course, is returning this Fall Quarter. Acquire the skills and confidence to:

  • Effectively present technical and non-technical material
  • Hook your audience
  • Ace interviews
Comments from Spring 2017 students:
  • “Really a useful course …. I’m glad that I chose to take it”
  • “I like how this class ‘forced’ students to go up there and give a public speech”
  • “It’s a necessity in the long run”
And, from a 2012 graduate:
  • “Communication is one of the most critical soft skills that everyone needs to succeed … I wish the class was offered when I was there”

Enroll today at MyUCLA!

Spring Quarter Events

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As we conclude the 2016-17 school year here at UCLA, we would like to thank you for being on our mailing list this year. We hope it kept you updated on all of the happenings at BAS.

We will continue to use email as our main method of communication with people interested in our events. We will have a new mailing list for the 2017-18 school year. If you would like to continue receiving emails from BAS, please fill out the form here. For those who do not fill out the form, this will be the final email you receive from us.

As a reminder, being on our mailing list is not equivalent to being a paid member. To become a paid member, please come out to our Fall Quarter events!

Congratulations to all of our graduating members!

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UnitedHealthcare will be holding an information session this Thursday, May 11th at 6:00pm. Though midterms are in full swing, come out to learn about an actuarial career in the health insurance industry and to network with UnitedHealthcare actuaries about their entry-level opportunities. Food will be provided.

Date : Thu., May 11th, 2017
Event Time : 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Location : MS 6627

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If you are looking for an excellent opportunity to practice your communication skills, to improve your interview skills, and to enhance your presentation skills, the Math Department still has PTE numbers available for MATH 176: Communication for Actuarial Students.

Giving presentations will be essential for most of us after graduation. Being an excellent presenter can have an enormous impact on your career. MATH 176 provides the opportunity to learn and practice speaking and presenting in a friendly, low-pressure environment. Moreover, it will also help you become a successful speaker in the future.

If you are concerned about being behind in the curriculum, Professor Caine will hold a special session to help new students catch up with the material.

Interested students should visit the Department of Mathematics office at MS 6356!

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Come out to Sunset Rec this weekend! We will enjoy delicious food and split into teams to play mini games from the hit show Minute to Win It. This event is a great opportunity to have fun, bond with fellow BAS members, and relieve some Week 4 midterm stress.

Date : Sun., April 23th, 2017
Event Time : 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location : Sunset Canyon Recreation Center
RSVP : Here

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BAS will host an Internship Essentials Workshops on Thursday! This event will feature a panel of speakers comprised of people who have held actuarial internships in the fields of health, retirement, P&C and non-traditional actuarial work. Come hear about their experiences, and get some tips on how to start your internship search and, if you already have an internship for the summer, how to make the most out of your time at the company!

Date : Thu., April 20th, 2017
Event Time : 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Location : MS 6627
RSVP : Here

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BAS Officers will be holding a workshop - Introduction to the Society of Actuaries and Casualty Actuarial Society this Wednesday April 12th, at 6:00 PM, in MS 6627. If you want to learn more about these two different societies, and various tracks that these two societies offer, please RSVP, and we'll see you there!

The slideshows from the workshops are now available! Click to download the SOA section and the CAS section of the workshop.

Date : Wed., April 12th, 2017
Event Time : 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Location : MS 6627
RSVP : Here

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We are proud to announce that our 2017 Spring Banquet will take place on May 1st, 2017, in Carnesale Commons Palisades Room at 6:00 PM.

Why should I attend the Spring Banquet? Networking is essential for all actuarial students because of the tight-knit nature of the profession; therefore, the better you know the firm representatives, and the better they know you, the higher the chance you will receive an internship or full-time opportunity. At this event, you will have the chance to meet firm representatives, employees, UCLA alumni, BAS sponsors, and the UCLA Math Department Faculty. We will introduce new BAS officers for next year as well.

How can I register for this event? The sign-up sheet is here. You will have until Thursday, April 20th, 11:59PM to sign up without paying a late fee. You will need to signup AND pay the banquet fee in order to attend.

How much is the banquet and how can I pay? PLEASE FILL OUT YOUR UCLA ID WHEN PAYING THROUGH VENMO OR PAYPAL.

  • Through PayPal
    If you are a paid member, you can pay the $10 banquet fee via here. If you are NOT a paid member, you can pay the $25 banquet fee via here.
  • Through Venmo
    You can also pay us through VENMO if that is easier. Our account is bruinactuarialsociety.
  • By Cash
    Finally, we will have office hours in MS 2354 during Week 3 (Exact hours TBA) if you prefer to pay by cash, or you can find one of the officers at our events to pay.

Date : Mon., May 1st, 2017
Check-In Time : 5:45pm to 6:00pm
Event Time : 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Location : Carnesale Commons Palisades Room
Attire : Business Casual (strictly enforced)
Sign-up : here (please be sure to pay the banquet RSVP fee as well)

Winter Quarter Events

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We are pleased to announce that Bruin Actuarial Society is looking for individuals interested in serving as officers for the 2017-18 school year! As an officer, you will be able to put your passion into action, working with our team to improve and grow the club while strengthening your professional network. Officers will be chosen in Spring Quarter from a pool of interns. Details regarding Bruin Actuarial Society's Internship and the application process for Internship follow.

Overview

Interns will join the current officers in planning club meetings, events and activities to learn how BAS is operated internally. Ultimately, outstanding interns will become the 2017-2018 Officers, to be selected in May.

Benefits

As a BAS Intern, you will

  • Enhance your leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Improve your people-management, time-management, delegation and organizational skills
  • Gain valuable experience planning and coordinating events

As a BAS officer, you will

  • Network with employers and alumni
  • Help guide the direction of BAS
  • Expand your knowledge of actuarial science with real-world applications
Requirements
  • Must be a paid member of BAS
  • Must be proactive and passionate about improving the club
  • Must be comfortable with public speaking and leading events
  • Must be a good communicator
  • MUST graduate in June 2018 or later
Positions and Descriptions

The two interns who are invited to become Officers will fill the following positions: Corporate Liaison (2):

  • Maintain communication with all firm contacts
  • Expand the roster of professional contacts
Process

Please email us at bruinactuaries@gmail.com with your resume attached as a PDF and fill out the application here. Both are due on Friday, March 3rd at 11:59 PM. We will contact selected candidates to interview after the application deadline. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to get more involved with BAS! We look forward to receiving your application.

Due Date: Fri., March 3rd, 2017

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Are you still wondering what an actuary is and does on a daily basis? Do you like to receive an opportunity to talk to alumni, who have been through this journey? Now's your chance to find out! We will have a panel of UCLA graduates here to answer your questions about the field and share their stories of how they ended up in their positions today.

Moreover, there will be delicious food! Alumni are some of the best people to talk to; they are still firm reps, but they are also super nice :) Please dress Business Casual.

Location : Collins Alumni Conference Room in James West Alumni Center (across from Ackerman Union)
Date : Wed., March 8th, 2017
Time : 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM
Dress Code : Business Casual
RSVP Here

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Are you interested in the P&C Industry? Interested in learning more about the consulting field? Please join us next Tuesday at 6:00 PM, in MS 6627 in welcoming Oliver Wyman, a P&C consulting firm based in Downtown Los Angeles. They will be collecting resumes for potential summer positions so please bring a copy if you are currently looking. Hope to see you all there!

Location: MS 6627
Date: Tue., March 7th, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Dress Code: Casual

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We will host a two-part workshop in Microsoft Access and SQL during Weeks 5 and 6 on the following dates:
Part 1: Thursday, February 9th at 6:15 PM in MS2000 (PIC Lab)
Part 2: Thursday, February 16th at 6:15 PM in MS2000 (PIC Lab)

To RSVP, please complete the Google Form here. We will be using the PIC Lab computers, which require a username and password, for the workshops. If you are not currently enrolled in a PIC class, please complete the PDF form here and send it as an attachment to bruinactuaries@gmail.com. A PIC account will be created for you!

What is Access/SQL?

Microsoft Access is a Microsoft Office application for database management. Users can process large quantities of data, as well as create forms and reports. Actuaries are increasingly using Access to store data on their policyholders and on claims. SQL is Structured Query Language, a language used to communicate with databases and query information.

The workshop notes are available here, and the workshop Access file is available here.

Location : MS 2000 (PIC Lab)
Part 1 : Thursday, February 9th
Part 2 : Thursday, February 16th
Time : 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM
Dress Code : Casual
RSVP : See text to the left.

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We will be holding a two-hour Excel workshop this upcoming Thursday, Feb. 2nd, in MS 6627. It will be a two-part program with the first part from 6:00-7:00PM. At this workshop, we will cover the basic Excel functions such as IF statements, VLOOKUP, and pivot tables. The second part of this program will take place from 7:00-8:00PM. This program will be a more in depth look with information on VBA and creating macros.

Excel skills are very important in the actuarial field, so don't miss out on this awesome opportunity! Remember to bring a laptop that has the Microsoft Excel installed.

The workshop documents are available here

Location : MS 6627
Date : Thu., February 2nd, 2017
Time : 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dress Code : Casual
RSVP Here

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CSAA will be holding another information session next Tuesday, Jan. 24th, in MS 6627, at 6:00 PM. This is a terrific opportunity for you to come out and connect with the firm representatives since CSAA is currently looking for candidates for the upcoming summer. Also, Chick-Fil-A will be served. If you would like to, please feel free to bring a couple copies of your resume as well.

Location : MS 6627
Date : Tue., January 24th, 2017
Time : 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Dress Code : Casual
RSVP Here

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Congratulations to all the teams that participated in the case competition! You all have done a terrific job! Even if you did not make it to the final round, we hope that this experience was valuable in working together as a team, practicing both analytical and communication skills, and providing a glimpse as to what an actuary really does.

We would like to invite all the teams and members to come and spectate the final round tomorrow evening (Jan. 19th), starting at 6:00 PM, which will also include a team from UC Santa Barbara. You will get the opportunity to network with the firm representatives as well as the students from UCSB at the end of the event.

No need to sign up, but please do dress business casual.

Final Round
 Location: Kerckhoff Grand Salon
 Date: Thu., Jan. 19th, 2017
 Time: 6:00 PM

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Welcome back to the new year!

To start off the winter quarter, we are happy to announce our upcoming Fifth Annual UCLA Actuarial Case Competition, which was generously provided by Molina Healthcare. This is one of the best chances to learn more about the actuarial career and practice professional skills. In addition, the outstanding teams will have the opportunity to present in front of various firm professionals, which will be a big plus for recruiting.

The following are the rules:

  1. BAS Paid Member - You can access here to pay online if you have not paid yet, or you can pay in cash at the kickoff meeting
  2. Each team will have four members, and at least two of the members must be underclassmen.
  3. Only one of the team members is required to attend the kick-off meeting, which will be on January 10th at 6:00 PM in MS 6627.
The kick-off meeting will give an introduction presentation about our case competition, offer insight from past BAS Case Competition winners, and allow you to officially form and sign up the team for the competition.

If you need to find teammates, please list your information here.

Employers looking to participate in this event can contact us at bruinactuaries@gmail.com

Kickoff
 Location: MS 6627
 Date: Tue., Jan. 10th, 2017
 Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Fall Quarter Events

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We hope everyone is enjoying the quarter and getting ready for thanksgiving. This week we will be jointly hosting a "Mathsgiving" Potluck Social with UMSA in MS 3974 at 6:00pm this Thu.

This is a great opportunity to talk to other members of BAS and UMSA while getting free food! We will be providing Chinese and Thai food as the entrees and are asking that you please bring drinks and desserts to join the potluck.

We look forward to seeing you all soon and Happy Thanksgiving!

Location: MS 3974
Date: Thu., November 17th, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Dress Code: Casual

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The last installment of our Professional Workshops will take place on Tue., November 8th at MS 5127 at 6:00 PM. Come and join us to learn more about LinkedIn and all the tips and tricks of how to create a professional profile that can showcase your abilities and accomplishments.

You can now find the slideshow here.

Location: MS 5127
Date: Tue., November 8th, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Dress Code: Casual

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The fourth installment of the Bruin Actuarial Society's Professional Workshops will take place on Thu., November 3rd in MS 5127 at 6:00 pm. This workshop will cover how to communicate ideas and work within a team, both very important skills for the actuarial career! Come join us and let out your cooperative and competitive side in teamwork activities and competitions!

Location: MS 5127
Date: Thu., November 3rd, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Dress Code: Casual
RSVP Here

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BAS will host the third installment of our Professional Workshops series on Thu., October 27th with our Interview Workshop. The workshop will be from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in MS 5127. We will be covering topics that include:

  • Types of interviews (Phone, Webcam, In-person, and On-site) and how each one is different
  • Preparing for an interview: what and how to research
  • Types of interview questions and how to approach them

You can now find the slideshow here.

Location: MS 5127
Date: Thu., October 27th, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Dress Code: Casual
RSVP Here

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Wise Tsui is a former BAS officer and now works for Transamerica. He has graciously offered to help, and one of our officers and him will be working together to lead this workshop. This event will take place on Monday, October 17th, at 6pm in Boelter 5440.

Please RSVP here. This will be a casual dress event. Additionally, if you want feedback on your resume, bring a few copies and officers can look over them.

You can now find the slideshow here.

Location: Boelter 5440
Date: Monday, October 17th, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Dress Code: Casual
RSVP Here

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Our annual Mentorship Mixer is coming up! This year, each officer and experienced senior will be taking 5-6 members as mentees. If you are interested in becoming a mentee, this is a great chance for you to connect with the officers and experienced seniors, and also learn more about the actuarial field! Please sign up here: Mentee Sign-up. This mentorship program is mainly for 1st year, 2nd year and 1st year transfer students, but everyone is welcome to join the event! Seniors: If you would like to become a mentor, please contact us as soon as possible at bruinactuaries@gmail.com.

Location: MS 6221
Date: Tue., October 11th, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Dress Code: Casual
RSVP Here

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This workshop is specifically geared towards helping freshmen and international students get started with their actuarial careers and will take place on Thu., October 6th in MS 6627. The freshman portion of this workshop will be from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and the international student portion from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. If you are a freshman international student, please feel free to stay for both. Food will be provided!

The slideshows for the International Student portion and First-Year Student portion of the workshop are available.

Location: MS 6627
Date: Thu., October 6th, 2016
Freshman Portion: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Int'l Portion: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dress Code: Casual
RSVP Here

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We are proud to bring you our Ninth Annual Bruin Actuarial Society Career Fair! This is your opportunity to meet many of the biggest actuarial companies on the West Coast!

In order to attend the Career Fair, you will have to meet ALL of the following four requirements:

  1. UCLA Student or Alumnus
  2. BAS Paid Member - You can access here to pay online if you have not paid yet, or you can pay in cash at any of our events prior to Career Fair
  3. Attend one of the Career Fair Preparation Workshops on either Monday, Sep. 26th or Tue., Sep.27th - Your can sign up here for the workshop. The slideshow for this event is available here
  4. Register here for the Career Fair by Wednesday, Sep. 28th at 11:59PM. THERE IS NO LATE REGISTRATION ALLOWED.

Business Professional Dress Code is strictly enforced for the Career Fair.

You can find the details about membership here.

Employers looking to participate in this event can contact us at bruinactuaries@gmail.com

Location: Ackerman Grand Ballroom
Date: Monday, October 3rd, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Dress Code: Business Formal
RSVP Here

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California State Automobile Association, a AAA insurer, will be hosting an information session on ,Oct 4th, 6PM, in room MS6627.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to follow up with the firm representatives after the Career Fair, and to stand out more by showing your dedication and interest in CSAA. And not to mention that there will be food provided (hint: not pizza)!

Please wear Business Casual if you wish to connect with the professionals.

Location: MS 6627
Date: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Dress Code: Business Casual
RSVP Here

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Willis Towers Watson will be holding their information session on Thu., Sep. 29th, 6PM at MS 5200.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about Willis Towers Watson, and also to get connected with the representatives prior to the Career Fair.

Please wear Business Casual if you wish to connect with the professionals.

Location: MS 5200
Date: Thu., September 29th, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Dress Code: Business Casual
RSVP Here

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We are very excited to invite all of you to join us at our first event of the year - General Meeting, which will take place this Friday, September 23rd, at 6:00PM in MS4000A. ​

Come out for free food, and get an opportunity to learn more about Bruin Actuarial Society and to meet your fellow aspiring actuaries!

You can now review the General Meeting Slides here.

Location: MS 4000
Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Dress Code: Casual
RSVP Here

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Finished those resumes you've been working on? We are now collecting resumes for a Resume Book to present to the firms as the Ninth Annual BAS Career Fair approaches! This Resume Book will allow recruiters to review the resumes of students who are actively looking for internships and/or full-time opportunities.

If you wish to have your resume included, please send your resume as an attachment (in PDF Format) to bruinactuaries@gmail.com, with subject line "Resume Book Submission"

Deadline to submit a resume: Sept. 23rd at 11:59 PM.

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As some of you know, during Spring Quarter, BAS began a new series of posts called "Faces of an Actuary" on our Facebook page. Our goal has been to feature different actuaries (both aspiring and current) who are able to provide some insight into their experiences and perspectives on their respective fields and backgrounds. Currently, we are reaching out to all of you to collect YOUR stories! Selected ones will be featured in a "Faces of an Actuary" Facebook post this upcoming fall quarter. Each featured post will consist of a picture and caption/short paragraph.You can find examples here: Anthony Ip, Danny Stapleton

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Missed out on the 2015-2016 highlights of BAS?

You can now review our highlighted events for the 2015-2016 school year in our "Year In Review Newsletter" here .

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In preparation for Career Fair (Oct 3) and fall recruitment, BAS will hold our annual Virtual Resume Critique over the next few weeks. Members can now submit resumes and have it read and critiqued by an officer. If you wish to participate, please email bruinactuaries@gmail.com with subject line "Virtual Resume Critique" and your resume attached, in Word Document format. Your resume will be reviewed by an officer of the club and returned to you with comments. In order for our critique to be of maximum help, please ensure that your resume is free of spelling and grammatical errors and that it does not exceed one page.

Deadline to submit a resume:
Fri., Sept. 2nd

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Dearest members, First of all, thank you very much for your continuous support to Bruin Actuarial Society for the 2015-2016 school year! As we start to plan our next year events, we would like to invite everyone, who wants to continue receiving updates from us, to re-sign up for our email list here. In addition, at the end of the sign up form, you will also be given the option to take a short survey, and we really encourage everyone to provide us any feedback you may have and how we could improve next year.

HAPPY GRADUATION TO THE CLASS OF 2016!

Getting Started

Are you a new freshman or first-year transfer student interested in a career as an actuary? Here's how to get started with Bruin Actuarial Society.

  • Sign up for our email list. Speak to an officer at an event, or email us to be added.
  • Like us on Facebook and add us on LinkedIn to stay updated on social media
  • Review our Actuarial Handbook , published and updated every year.
  • Become a paid member by speaking to one of our officers at an event.
Thanks to our Sponsor
Bruin Actuarial Society

Membership

Membership in Bruin Actuarial Society is available to all UCLA students and grants access to all BAS events and programs, including Career Fair, Case Competition, and Spring Banquet. Membership is required to attend workshops and other events, as well as to submit a résumé for our Virtual Résumé Critique. Students are able to sign up and pay for membership at any of our events, including our First General Meeting. Membership is also available to UCLA alumni.

Contact BAS: Email us at bruinactuaries@gmail.com

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