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Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program

Each year, RIMS sponsors 30 students in the US and Canada, and 6 international students (not enrolled at a university in US & Canada) to attend the RIMS Annual Conference & Exposition.

Congratulations to the 2020 ABSIP Scholars

  • Katherine Cole, Appalachian State University
  • W. Carson Herron, Appalachian State University
  • Tara Winter, Ball State University
  • Neil Tan, Bow Valley College
  • Caitlyn McNulty, Bowling Green State University
  • Lauren Howlett, British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Clair Richardson, Butler University
  • Trey Kolenda, Illinois State University
  • Katelynn Pankhurst, Illinois State University
  • Erika Perry, Indiana State University
  • Madison Zuber, Mississippi State University
  • Alexander Coffin, Missiouri State University
  • Jasmine Pennington, Missouri State University
  • Stewart Manges, Olivet College
  • Andrew Todd, Olivet College
  • Katherine Ross, St. John's University
  • Olivia Bachelet, St. Mary's University
  • Bianca Hernandez, St. Mary's University
  • Gabriel DiGiamberardino, Temple University
  • Rebecca Matty, University of Akron
  • Katherine Chaadayeva, University of Calgary
  • Alishaa Merchant, University of Calgary
  • Christina Carbajal, University of Colorado-Denver
  • Anna Baker, University of Georgia
  • Emily Bauer, University of Georgia
  • Hannah Kassim, University of Minnesota
  • Machaela Spear, University of Minnesota
  • Emily Ruggiero, University of North Texas
  • Jasmine Klein, University of Southern California
  • Stephanie To, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Marissa Fowler, University of Wisconsin

International ABSIP Scholars

  • Lav Ishan, BIMTECH
  • Hongyi Yang, Fudan University
  • Sharma Akanksha, National Insurance Academy
  • Tushpreet Sokhi, National Insurance Academy
  • Li Hanyuan, Peking University
  • Danyang Wu, Peking University

Nominate our students to be a 2021 ABSIP Scholar

In 2021, RIMS will sponsor 30 students in the US and Canada, and 6 international students (not enrolled at a university in US & Canada) to attend the RIMS Annual Conference & Exposition.

Nomination Period Opens: November 2020
Nomination Period Closes: December 2020

Nomination Overview

RIMS invites your institution to submit a maximum of 2 student nominations to participate in our Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program. The selection process includes nomination by a department head of a university or college and a review of the nomination and support materials by the RIMS Student Advisory Council.


US/Canada Nomination Form: US/Canada Nomination Form

International Nomination Form: International Nomination Form


Student sponsorship includes

  • Complimentary conference registration for nominating professor or department head to mentor student(s) at the event
  • Complimentary conference registration for students
  • Hotel accommodations for students (two students to a room)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and some evening meals for students and nominating professor or department head mentor
  • $650 cash stipend for students to cover travel and incidental expenses.*
    (*Stipend amount will be different for the six international students.)

Anita Benedetti scholars will receive mentorship; participate in stimulating conference sessions, gain valuable career development skills, and network with members of the SAC (practicing risk professionals), RIMS Board of Directors, insurers, brokers, and other industry professionals.

ABSIP Scholars & members of the RIMS Student Advisory Council

RIMS18 Student Reception ABSIP

RIMS CEO, Mary Roth, and RIMS President, Robert Cartwright, Jr., with the 2018 ABSIP Scholars and members of the RIMS Student Advisory Council. Click here for article on this year's scholars.



For more information about the competition, please contact Will Gilchrist at or (212) 655-6031. 

History of ABSIP

The RIMS Student Involvement Program was initiated as a pilot program at the 1978 Annual Conference in New Orleans. Due to the overwhelming success of this project, a standing committee was created, and the program has become a permanent part of the RIMS Annual Conference. In 1997, the name was changed to the Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program to honor the late Anita Benedetti, former Deputy Executive Director of the Risk and Insurance Management Society. Inc. (RIMS) and President of the Spencer Educational Foundation, Inc.

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