Training Future Leaders
Our Programs Provide Critical Support for Ph.D. Education
The S.S. Huebner Foundation’s programs support budding scholars intellectually and financially. Each year, the Foundation awards thousands of dollars in scholarships. And, through the annual Huebner/ARIA Doctoral Colloquium, students are introduced to the risk and insurance research community and receive valuable thesis feedback from a panel of respected educators and industry professionals. The CEAR/Huebner Summer Risk Institute exposes Ph.D. students and interested faculty to relevant, cutting-edge risk models, tools, and theory.
Areas of Work
S.S. Huebner Foundation of Insurance Education Scholarships
The S.S. Huebner Foundation’s scholarship program is the primary means the foundation fulfills its mission of supporting collegiate risk management education. Scholarships are available to qualified doctoral students in a Risk Management and Insurance program. The fellowships provide an annual stipend and are granted for one academic year.
Huebner scholarship recipients have academic research interests in insurance economics specifically or the efficient allocation of risk in the economy more generally. Fellows are selected by the Executive Director of the S.S. Huebner Foundation for Insurance Education and the Doctoral Program Coordinators of Georgia State University’s Risk Management and Insurance doctoral program.
2022 S.S. Huebner/ARIA Virtual 3MT & Doctoral Colloquium
The Huebner/ARIA Virtual 3MT & Doctoral Colloquium provides academic support to outstanding national and international Ph.D. candidates with research in the areas of risk and insurance and is produced and funded by the S.S. Huebner Foundation and the American Risk and Insurance Association (ARIA).
The Virtual 3MT provides doctoral candidates the opportunity to develop academic, presentation and communication skills to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. Graduate students have three minutes to present compelling orations on their dissertation topics and their significance. This skill is particularly useful for doctoral candidates preparing for the early stages of the academic job market.
The Doctoral Colloquium consists of doctoral candidates presenting their work to a specialist academic audience. This skill helps students prepare for campus interviews where they will be asked to present their research in plenary session format. The participating academics feature editors and associate editors of leading academic journals, prominent researchers, and well-regarded former Huebner Fellows.
To apply to the program, interested students submit a video 3MT for review and ranking by our panelists. Four finalists will receive one to one communications coaching and a stipend to help prepare them for the in person Doctoral Colloquium hosted at ARIA’s Annual Meeting on July 31, 2022 in Long Beach, CA.
The foundation is now accepting applications for participation in the 2022 program. Read more about the 3MT and Doctoral Colloquium format, the application process, and critical deadlines in our Call for Participation Fact Sheet.
Cear/Huebner Summer Institute
Unfortunately, the 2021 CEAR/Huebner Summer Risk Institute is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Information about the 2022 CEAR/Huebner Summer Risk Institute will be available in the spring of 2022.
The 2019 CEAR/Huebner Summer Risk Institute
July 25-27, 2019 | Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Robert T. Jensen (Yale University) - Robert Jensen is a professor of economics and director of the Program on Social Enterprise at the Yale School of Management. His research focuses on poverty and economic development, including topics such as gender, health, education, fertility and the role of markets and private enterprise in promoting economic development. He has conducted research projects in China, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nepal and India. His research has been published in leading academic journals including the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies and Review of Economics and Statistics, and has been profiled in media outlets including The Economist, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, Science and the Wall Street Journal.
Christopher B. Barrett (Cornell University) - Chris Barrett is Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and an international professor of agriculture at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, as well as a professor in the Department of Economics, and a fellow of the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, all at Cornell University. He has won several university, national, and international awards for teaching, research and public outreach, and is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, and the African Association of Agricultural Economists.
Glenn Harrison (CEAR, Georgia State University) - Glenn Harrison is the C.V. Starr Chair of Risk Management & Insurance and Director of the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR), in the Department of Risk Management & Insurance, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University. He has over 140 academic publications, including general journals such as Econometrica, American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, the Economic Journal, Journal of the American Statistical Association, and the American Journal of Public Health, and specialist journals such as Journal of Environmental Economics & Management, Land Economics, Natural Resources Journal, Journal of Law & Economics, Experimental Economics, and Economics & Philosophy. His research interests include risk and uncertainty, experimental economics, law and economics, international trade policy and environmental policy.
Erdem Karaca (Swiss Re) - Erdem Karaca is the Head of Cat Perils Americas and a senior vice-president for group underwriting at Swiss RE. Erdem has previously worked at AIG as Director of Property and Special Risks and has been a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow at the US Geological Survey. He holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Huebner Teacher Training
Stefanos Orfanos, Director of the Undergraduate Actuarial Science Program & Clinical Assistant Professor Risk Management & Insurance, Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University
Through a series of seminars organized by GSU professor, Stefanos Orfanos, this program aims to transform Huebner Scholars and other outstanding local and international Ph.D. candidates into confident and effective educators. Participants are introduced to important topics in modern applied pedagogy and are challenged to apply these acquired skills and knowledge to their own risk and insurance courses.
By connecting beginning and advanced instructors, these seminars provide an invaluable source of community building by providing mentoring opportunities and a forum to ask questions about best practices in risk and insurance education. The program also provides assistance in the development of the student's teaching portfolios that support their search for employment.