Summer research internships from the Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics

Student learning from home on laptop

44 undergraduate students have been working on summer research internships over the last six weeks as part of a programme from the University’s Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (IFAM).

Working virtually in groups of 4-5, and supervised by PhD students and academics from the Department of Mathematical Sciences, the students have focused on projects set by industry partners, usually around the analysis of a data set, with the goal of signalling potential problems and providing risk management solutions.

Students have worked on a wide range of projects for the 7 industry partners taking part in the internship programme this year. These include, for example, comparisons of COVID19 vaccine roll-out for BUPA, optimal planning for the transport industry for William Stobart, developing the first Mortality Table for the Ghana National Insurance Commission, and Mathematical modelling of conflicts in different countries for Peacebuilders Without Borders, South Africa.

The industry partners met with their student groups at the beginning of the projects to set the brief, and have stayed involved throughout the internship. The programme concludes this week with an end of project presentation event, after which the partner organisations will receive a written report of the students’ findings.

The end of project event takes place from 10.30am on Thursday 15 July, and is attended by academics and partner organisations. Anyone wanting to find out more about the internships is also very welcome to attend  – click here to join via Zoom.