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Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program

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.

2018 ABSIP Scholars

Kendall Banks, University of North Carolina - Charlotte

Jenna Benvenuti, Olivet College

Yuuki Bomar-Kawakita, University of Georgia

Rebecca Cacioppo, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Laura Colmenares, Universidad EAFIT (Colombia)

Abby Cothran, Mississippi State University

Daniel Coyle, Temple University

Douglas Dick, Troy University

Maggie Flynn, Illinois State University

Ashley Gao, University of Akron

Matthew Garofalo, University of Hartford

Nicholas Goers, Missouri State University

Carina Gonzalez, St. Mary's University

Jason Hall, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Madison Hardy, University of Mississippi

Noah Hicks, University of North Carolina - Charlotte

Maranda Johnson, University of North Texas

Megan Keathley, Olivet College

Akash Kheterpal, National Insurance Academy (India)

Logan Krause, East Carolina University

Nick Kubala, Eastern Kentucky University

Pratik Kumawat, Birla Institute of Management Technology (India)

Ben Landes, University of Georgia

Chunyan Lei, Peking University (China)

Kyle McDonald, Ball State University

Shannon Nisi, Troy University

Nicholas Patnode, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Nathan Paulik, Missouri State University

Sam Reese, Butler University

Abygail Schukin, Lasalle University

Christy Simpers, Appalachian State University

Andrew Smith, University of Calgary

Alexandra Stoughton, University of Mississippi

Brent Vansickle, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Santiago Villa, Universidad EAFIT (Colombia)

Amanda Wolfgang, Temple University

Yangfan Yao, Peking University (China)

Thinking about nominating your students to be a 2019 ABSIP Scholar?
In 2019, 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 in San Antonio.
Nomination Period Opens: September 2018
Nomination Period Closes:
Early December 2018

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.

*Nomination guidelines and dates are subject to change.

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.
Students will make travel arrangements in coordination with RIMS New York office. Arrival will be Saturday, April 27, 2019 and departure Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
Contact Josh Lamangan, Membership Development Manager via email or at (212) 655-5918
History of ABSIP
The RIMS Student Involvement Program was initiated as a pilot program at the 1987 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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