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A major role of the Center is to support the undergraduate and graduate study in Insurance and Risk Management.  The undergraduate major is Insurance/Finance and it provides students with an education that helps them to face the challenges of an ever-changing financial world.  The Center supports career-enhancing activities such as the following.

Risk Manager in Residence Program.  With additional grant support from the Spencer Foundation, each year we host a visiting Risk Manager in Residence. Students learn from the risk managers in classes, lunches, and dinners.  Other area executives participate as well offering excellent networking opportunities for students.  Our most recent 2014 Risk Manager in Residence was Lee Garvin from JetBlue Airways.   As Director of Risk Management he oversees a broad portfolio of activities related to equipment, property, and of course people.  In 2013 we hosted Michael Lubben, Director of Risk Management at The Marvin Companies, an industry leader in product innovation, energy efficiency and progressive manufacturing techniques.

Student Internships and Awards.  The Center also has established graduation awards for outstanding Insurance/Finance graduates and serves as a conduit for employment and internship inquiries from industry. Throughout each year students intern at major insurance and risk management companies such as Aetna, Chubb, Cigna, The Hartford, Travelers, and UnitedHealth Group. These internships frequently lead to full-time positions after graduation.

Faculty and Student Research.  Another major activity of the R.C. Knox Center is to encourage research by supporting student-faculty supervised research, and through summer research grants to Barney faculty.  Recent funded research topics include  “Implications of Public Policy Actions and Retirement Security,” “Influences of Organizational Form on Medical Malpractice Insurance Market,” and “Reinsurance and Insurers' Risk-Return Profile.” The Center also supports the acquisition of important data such Research Insight (Compustat) for the faculty and students of the Barney School.  This database provides extensive financial information on a vast cross-section of companies and is essential for corporate financial analysis.  Other publications are provided for the enhancement of the classroom experience.