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, 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, 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, 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, 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.
The actuarial science office is located at the Computing Applications Building, Room 264. The office phone number is 217-300-0111. Our email is ASRMfirstname.lastname@example.org .
Stefanie Klajbor-Goderich is available for academic advising regarding the actuarial science undergraduate program:
- Questions can be sent to ASRMemail@example.com making sure to include your name, 9-digit UIN, your NetID, and your question
- Appointments can be scheduled in advance by emailing ASRMfirstname.lastname@example.org making sure to include your name, 9-digit UIN, your NetID, and the reason for the requested appointment.
- During select times, drop-in undergraduate advising is available for urgent matters via our virtual advising queue: https://queue.illinois.edu/q/queue/688
Paul Serafini has office hours on Thursday and Friday via Zoom while in a remote work environment. Appointments can be scheduled in advance using the following link: https://calendly.com/paul0208_illinois_edu/asrm-advising
Claudia Freiji is in the office from Monday through Wednesday and can be reached at email@example.com .
For any questions about career opportunities in actuarial science, contact Paul Serafini. Paul can be reached via Zoom or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
For general inquiries about the actuarial science program, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: https://isss.illinois.edu/students/employment/f1cpt.html
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: https://isss.illinois.edu/students/employment/f1opt.html
Approvals and support on CPT/OPT applications will be provided as follows:
- Undergraduate students - Claudia Freiji (email@example.com)
- Graduate students – Paul Serafini (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We recommend that any other questions related to either CPT or OPT be sent to the ISSS directly at ISSS@illinois.edu
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