The Risk Management and Insurance Program at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business hosts an annual symposium for PhD students with an interest in insurance, risk management, and other risk-related topics. The symposium is held in late January/early February on the University of Georgia campus.

Participating students have an opportunity to present work in progress (from working papers to dissertation essays) and receive feedback from students and faculty from UGA and other universities. Additionally, the agenda includes panel discussions focused on research strategies, the publication process, and other early career advice. 

Students in the latter stages of degree completion are asked to submit a draft of a working paper or dissertation essay for presentation at the symposium. Students in the earlier stages of their doctoral studies are also welcome to submit a proposal or can request to participate in the symposium. 

Faculty wishing to participate in the workshop are also welcome.


Local program costs (meals, breaks, etc.) will be covered for all students attending. Additionally, travel funding (domestic airfare and hotel) will be available to those students presenting research at the symposium. Limited funding for students not presenting research may be available depending on available funding. 


Funding for the program is provided by the Terry College of Business, the Risk Management and Insurance Program, and the Spencer Educational Foundation.

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Symposium Information

Late January/Early February 2025

The 2024 symposium was held February 2-3. The program can be found here. The dates and call for the 2025 program will be announced soon.


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  • Professor, Risk Management and Insurance Program

Past Programs

2024 Participants

  • Siegfried Anyomi, University of Iowa
  • Randy Dumm, University of South Florida
  • Evan Eastman, Florida State University
  • Samson Fung, Georgia State University
  • Honglin Li, University of Wisconsin
  • Yinhuan Li, East China Normal University
  • J.C. Marais, University of Capetown
  • Chuck Nyce, Florida State University
  • Lars Powell, University of Alabama
  • Joan Schmit, University of Wisconsin
  • Frederick Schuh, University of Cologne
  • Olatokunbo Shoyemi, University of Southampton
  • Dana Telljohann, Florida State University
  • Polin Wang, University of South Florida
  • Tyler Welch, University of Wisconsin
  • Kenny Wunder, University of Alabama
  • Dan Yang, Troy State University
  • Chae Yoo, Georgia State University
  • Jiyeon Yun, California State University–Northridge
  • Zifen Zeng, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

2024 University of Georgia Participants