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    MAY 26 , 2005
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Fox math competition exposes students
to actuarial science program

Daniel Schwartz

Radnor High School senior Daniel Schwartz (right), who will attend Yale in the fall, took first place — in both team and individual member honors — in The Fox School of Business and Management’s annual Actuarial Science Math Competition last month, winning a $250 cash prize.

More than 100 students from more than a dozen schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware participated. The annual competition exposes area high-school students to The Fox School’s nationally recognized program in actuarial science, which is housed in the department of risk, insurance and healthcare management. Fox’s actuarial science program, among the largest in the United States, trains students to evaluate risk quantitatively to solve complex business problems.

For the competition, actuarial science students designed the math problems — in algebra, geometry and calculus.

“The math competition is only one of many outreach efforts that are part of The Fox School actuarial science program,” said Bonnie Averbach, associate professor and director of the undergraduate program in actuarial science.

Through The Fox School’s Sigma chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma, students participate in other outreach community events such as Philadelphia Cares Day, the Philadelphia AIDS Walk, feeding the homeless and a Thanksgiving food drive.

– By Keimeh Serleef