2002-2003 Statistics and Actuarial Science Endowment Award

Dong Chen

This award is presented to a student in the major/honor program with high academic standing.

"I got my first degree ten years ago and worked in the financial investment field in China. When I learned about the actuary profession from the newspaper four years ago, I knew immediately that was the career I was looking for. It could integrate all my knowledge and skills. But frankly I didn't know what the actuary actually doing besides setting insurance premium at that time, and there wasn't much program and FSA or ASA in China."

"After an Internet search, I found that North America was the best place to study actuarial science and develop my career. So I immigrated to Vancouver two years ago with my wife. I have no relatives and friends here. I encountered tremendous challenge as a new comer in this totally new environment."

"Fortunately, I was accepted by SFU in the fall 2001 and back to school again. I directly took the actuarial course because of my previous background and found it fascinating. I like to deal with number and solve problem with uncertainty. I'm not only the top student in the program and passed the first two SOA exams, but also got a co-op job last fall semester. This co-op experience strengthened my confidence that I have chosen the right career path."

"I hope when I graduate in 2004, I could have 4 to 5 semester's coop experience which is in different fields of actuarial science so that I can determine my future direction, and pass 4 to 5 SOA exams which will help me become ASA soon after graduation."