Esteban Flores is leaving Montreal with some sadness, but hes taking
a valuable experience with him. He is returning to Chile in the hope of
launching that countrys first actuarial mathematics program.
Flores has just been awarded a PhD scholarship from the Casualty Actuarial
Society and Society of Actuaries for 2001/02. The scholarship is worth
$10,000 US, and is renewable.
Flores did his bachelors degree at the University of Talca, and
his masters at the University of Concepción, also in Chile.
During his six years teaching statistics at Talca, he got involved in
research projects closely related to the actuarial field, which provides
expertise to insurance companies.
That is how I learned that there were no actuarial programs in Chile,
he explained. As my interest in actuarial applications grew, I decided
to study in a PhD program abroad. Concordias Department of Mathematics
and Statistics offered me a place where I could fulfill my plans.
With the support of the University of Talca, Flores has been studying
here under the supervision of Professor José Garrido.
Dr. Garrido is delighted with his students scholarship. He explained
that there is a lot of competition for them; only four or five are awarded
every year to all North American applicants.
It is the first time that a Concordia PhD student has been awarded
one, and only the second time a Concordia student has applied, he
Most actuaries go on to practice when they graduate from university,
and who can blame them? Garrido went on. The job market is
extremely good. They get good job offers essentially where they want in
North America and with very attractive salaries.
The scholarships program was designed to entice a larger number
of actuaries to return to graduate school and get involved in actuarial
research and in teaching, thus ensuring future generations of well-trained
Flores said, I feel at home in Montreal, and it is hard to leave
my life in Canada. I spent around four years here I only went back
to Chile one time and during that time I had a lot of positive
experiences in this country.
Just to mention one, my stay exposed me to an anglophone community
composed of people coming from different cultural backgrounds. That alone
made it an enriching experience.
I will be leaving behind many people who supported me and whom I
am happy to have as friends. Im especially indebted to Professor
Garrido for his support and friendship.
Flores is doing the last stages of his research in Chile this fall, and
will be back in March to defend his thesis.