RIMS Rewards Exceptional Risk Management Students with Grants to Attend Annual Conference in Boston

Five Different Countries Represented in ABSIP’S 2019 Class

February 11, 2019

RIMSthe risk management society(r), presented 36 students with a 2019 Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program grant. The program, sponsored by The Spencer Educational Foundation, recognizes the achievements of outstanding undergraduate and graduate risk management students, providing them with funds for travel expenses, complimentary hotel accommodations and registration to RIMS 2019 Annual Conference & Exhibition schedule for April 28 – May 1 in Boston.

The ABSIP continues to recognize elite risk management and insurance undergraduates from outside of North America. The international group includes students from:  Birla Institute of Management technology (BIMTECH) in India, National Insurance Academy in India; Universidad EAFIT in Colombia; and Peking University in China.

“The commitment, determination and genuine excitement for risk management demonstrated by our Anita Benedetti scholars is contagious,” said RIMS CEO Mary Roth. “Each year, we invite an accomplished group of students to attend the conference and each year they continue to impress with a mature grasp of complex risk management concepts and an evident desire to advance in this field.  We look forward to welcoming the 2019 class of ABSIP students to Boston and learning from their unique perspective.”

 Below is a complete list of this year’s grant recipients:

  • Claire Anderson, University of Calgary
  • Deepanshi Arora, Birla Institute of Management technology (BIMTECH)
  • Ashley Atwater, New Mexico State University
  • Harrison Cameron, Appalachian State University
  • Alexandra Cummins, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Jules Ebwele Mpako, Georgia State University
  • Alisha Elhassan, The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Paria Esmaeelzadeh, University of Georgia
  • Jacqueline Fernandez, East Carolina University
  • Christian Ferrara, Appalachian State University
  • Anna Geist, Butler University
  • Christopher Graman, Indiana State University
  • Sarah Henley, University of North Carolina - Charlotte
  • Rochelle Hubbart, University of Colorado Denver
  • Isabel Jaraba, Universidad EAFIT
  • Evan Leitch, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Rudy Martinez, St. Mary's University
  • Jennie Lynn Martino, St. John's University
  • Jorge Mejia, Universidad EAFIT
  • Rachel Mermelstein, Temple University
  • Amanda Mills, Florida State University
  • Megan Moore, University of Southern California 
  • Lauren Morell, LaSalle University
  • Piotr Parol, Butler University
  • Varun Sivakumar, Temple University
  • Erika Sreenan, Illinois State University
  • Eric Sutliff, University of Georgia
  • Supragya Tripathi, National Insurance Academy
  • Tina Valdez, St. Mary's University
  • Hollan Vander Hey, Troy University
  • Adrian Villa, Illinois State University
  • Pranav Warhady, National Insurance Academy
  • Brandon Wright, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Kevin Yaholnitsky, University of Calgary
  • Leonardo Zamproni Sverzut, British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Zhang Fuyu, Peking University

Initiated as a pilot program at the 1978 RIMS Annual Conference, the program recognizes exceptional students involved in the study of risk management, and has grown into a differentiating part of the RIMS Annual Conference and Exhibition. The program became known as the Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program in 1997 to honor Ms. Benedetti's commitment to developing the next generation of risk professionals.

About RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition

Launched in 1963, RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition attracts some 10,000 risk and insurance professionals at all experience levels, business executives with risk management interests, brokers, insurers and service providers for the ultimate educational and networking experience. The four-day event offers more than 165 educational sessions, keynote presentations, special events and an expansive RIMS Marketplace Exhibit Hall with 400 exhibitors. Following Boston, the event will be hosted in Denver in 2020. For more information, visit www.RIMS.org/RIMS2019.

For more information, contact:

Josh Salter, Senior Communications Manager, (212) 655-6059 or JSalter@rims.org

About RIMS

As the preeminent organization dedicated to educating, engaging and advocating for the global risk community, RIMS, the risk management society™, is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 3,500 corporate, industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. RIMS has a membership of approximately 10,000 risk practitioners who are located in more than 60 countries. For more information about the Society’s world-leading risk management content, networking, professional development and certification opportunities, visit www.RIMS.org. 

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