Actuarial Science Office

The actuarial science program at Illinois is dedicated to facilitating the success of its students in all areas of development during their enrollment in the program. The actuarial science office is available to assist students in several areas of development:

  • Course Selection and Planning
  • Areas of Concentration
  • Degree Requirements
  • Professional Exams
  • Career Services
  • Campus Support
  • Various Administration Requirements

We will answer your questions either in person (see office hours below), directly via email, or through a scheduled Zoom appointment for a more in-depth conversation when required. Face-to-face advising will resume in the fall and must follow the University of Illinois Covid policy.

Actuarial Science Administrative Team

Runhuan Feng

Runhuan Feng, FSA, CERA, PhD

Dr. Runhuan Feng is a Professor of Mathematics, Statistics, Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering. He is currently the Chair of Education and Research Council of the Society of Actuaries. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst.






Claudia Freiji

Claudia Freiji, ASA, PhD

Claudia Freiji is an instructor of actuarial science and risk management at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. She is also the coordinator of the Illinois Risk Lab (iRisk Lab) and an advisor for actuarial science students. Claudia teaches courses in Life Contingencies and Risk Management. She is an Associate in the Society of Actuaries and holds two MS degrees, one in Applied Statistics from Ohio State University and another in Financial Economics from the University of London. Prior to that, she served for 20 years as the Actuarial Science academic advisor at Notre Dame University, Louaize, Lebanon.




Stefanie Klajbor-Goderich

Stefanie Klajbor-Goderich, PhD

Dr. Stefanie Klajbor-Goderich is an academic advisor in actuarial science in the Department of Mathematics at UIUC. Stefanie holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.






Paul Serafini

Paul Serafini, FSA, FCIA, BMath

Paul Serafini is an academic program specialist in actuarial science in the Department of Mathematics at UIUC. Paul is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario and holds an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics, Actuarial Science Major with a Minor in Statistics. Paul also holds a life insurance license and has previously held a mutual fund license.




Office Hours

The actuarial science office is located at the Computing Applications Bulding, Room 264. The office phone number is 217-300-0111.

Our advising office has drop-in advising hours every day from 9:00 am to Noon. Claudia Freiji will be in office from Monday through Wednesday. Paul Serafini will have office hours on Thursday and Friday via Zoom while in a remote work environment. Appointments can be scheduled in advance at the links below and will be given priority over drop in advising requests.

To schedule an appointment from Monday through Wednesday, use the following link:

To schedule an appointment on Thursday or Friday, use the following link:

Career Services

For any questions about career opportunities in actuarial science, contact Paul Serafini. Paul can be reached via Zoom or e-mail at

Illinois Risk Lab (iRisk Lab)

For any questions about opportunities in the iRisk Lab, contact Claudia Freiji. Claudia can be reached via Zoom or e-mail at

For general inquiries about the actuarial science program, you can e-mail

CPT Training and OPT Training

Curriculum Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) are of interest to students with an F-1 status. It is important to make the distinction between these two options when considering your personal circumstances and your current F-1 status.

Curriculum Practical Training (CPT)

Curriculum Practical Training is applicable in situations where F-1 students are seeking temporary, off-campus employment. More information on CPT can be found at the following link:

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training is applicable in situations where F-1 students are seeking employment in the United States for a year following the completion of their studies. More information on OPT can be found at the following link:

Approvals and support on CPT/OPT applications will be provided as follows:

We recommend that any other questions related to either CPT or OPT be sent to the ISSS directly at

Actuarial Science Blog

We invite you to check out our blog for the latest updates in the actuarial science community. 


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