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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. This program is thanks to a generous contribution from the Spencer Educational Foundation. For more information on Spencer, please visit:

Congratulations to the 2022 ABSIP Scholars


  • Abby Daunt, Florida State University
  • Alexis Rossilli, University of Akron
  • Alfonso Tello, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Aliyah Abdullah, University of Hartford
  • Anne Bowen, Indiana State University
  • Bailey Bennett, Troy University
  • Claudia Matilda Vevera, Florida State University
  • Daniel Landaverde, University of North Texas
  • Emily Giles, University of North Texas
  • Emily Jung, University of Calgary
  • Emily Selenis, Illinois State University
  • Ethan Flynn, Ball State University
  • Geoffrey Fong, University of Southern California
  • Hawreen Rawanduzy, University of Colorado-Denver
  • Joshua Rose, Missouri State University
  • Juan Carlos Pedroza Sanchez, Universidad EAFIT (Colombia)


  • Katherine Alexander, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Kristian Mariano, St. John's University
  • Kristy Fugel, University of Calgary
  • Madeline Lang, University of Alabama
  • Maroun Harb, St. Mary's University
  • Natalia Perez Munoz, Universidad EAFIT (Colombia)
  • Nathan Chandler, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Nicole Sabin, Illinois State University
  • Rachel Balz, University of Georgia
  • Rebecca Leigh, Georgia State University
  • Rudrawar Prasad Pandurangrao, NIA Pune (India)
  • Sophia Marcum, University of Akron
  • Sri Priya Varshini, NIA Pune (India)
  • Sumeet Hiralal Prajapati, NIA Pune (India)
  • Tanvi Yadav, University of Southern California
  • Tiffany Li, University of Georgia
  • Victoria Pommelis, Georgia State University
  • Zane Smith, St. Mary's University
  • Zixin Chen, Lingnan University
  • Zoie Walters, Olivet College

Nominate our students to be an ABSIP Scholar

In 2023, 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: September 2022
Nomination Period Closes: December 2022

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.



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 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

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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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