The Alabama Insurance Society is a professional student organization and is open to any University of Alabama student interested in a financial services-related career. AIS provides members with an opportunity to plan activities and experience the professional world first-hand.

Guest speakers include professionals and alumni in fields such as healthcare, underwriting, cybersecurity, environmental risk, actuarial science, employee benefits, financial planning, and banking. Recent trips include visits to Protective Life in Birmingham and Afla Insurance in Montogomery, and attending the WSIA Surplus Lines Symposium in Atlanta, GA and the Gamma Iota Sigma International Conference in Dallas, TX.

Gamma Iota Sigma is the only international collegiate fraternity for students interested in insurance, risk management, and actuarial science professions. Gamma Iota Sigma pursues a mission to promote and encourage student interest in the industry as a profession while encouraging the high moral and academic attainments of its members. Since its incorporation in 1965, Gamma Iota Sigma has chartered 72 chapters across North America and boasts an annual membership of more than 4,000 students and an alumni population of over 25,000.

The Epsilon Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma was established at The University of Alabama on March 3, 1972. The Chapter operates as a subset of the Alabama Insurance Society. Some of the benefits of being a member include scholarship opportunities, webinars, career and internship opportunities, and many other events. Epsilon Chapter representatives regularly participate in the annual Gamma Iota Sigma Leadership Conference and International Conference in the fall.

President: Lauren Helmers

Vice President: Kayla Carlson

Secretary: Laura Azzi

Treasurer: Connor Judkiewicz


Who can join AIS and GIS?

Alabama Insurance Society membership is open to all students at the University of Alabama. Students interested in financial services-related careers such as insurance, risk management, actuarial science, banking, real estate, healthcare, employee benefits, personal wealth management and other related fields are encouraged to join.

Gamma Iota Sigma membership is open to any member of the Alabama Insurance Society who has a 3.0 GPA. Students interested in joining Gamma Iota Sigma should contact the AIS President at

What are the benefits of being a member?

The Alabama Insurance Society offers a series of activities each year designed to facilitate valuable networking with the insurance and financial services industry and to provide an opportunity to meet leading professionals from around the globe. These activities include monthly meetings featuring distinguished visiting speakers, travel opportunities and corporate office visits, social events, prep sessions for professional exams, having your resume in a document available to industry recruiters and potential employers, and more.

Additional membership benefits include an invitation to the annual banquet, tickets to the annual Alabama Insurance Day symposium, eligibility for RMI/AS scholarships, leadership training, assistance with resume building, internship and job placement, and networking with potential employers.

Please note that some of these activities may be altered, suspended, or truncated for safety reasons during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Who runs AIS and GIS?

The Alabama Insurance Society and the Gamma Iota Sigma Epsilon Chapter are governed by one student leadership team comprised of officers and board members who serve to increase the presence of both student organizations on-campus and off-campus. The leadership team is also instrumental in the execution of the annual Alabama I-Day, by introducing speakers and serving as hosts.

New officers and board members are elected during the spring semester of each academic year. Members who are interested in becoming part of the leadership team should contact the AIS President at

2020-2021 AIS/GIS Leadership Team

President – Lauren Helmers

Vice President – Kayla Carlson

Secretary – Laura Azzi

Treasurer – Connor Judkiewicz

Actuarial Chair – Elizabeth Volpa
Social Media Chair – Vashton Smith
Marketing & Recruitment Chair – Ryan Riha
Gamma Iota Sigma Chair – Sam Calmeyn

General Board Member – Jordan Dennis
General Board Member – John Michael Griffin
General Board Member – Maddie Lang
General Board Member – Patrick Letterle
General Board Member – Samantha Moon
General Board Member – Chris Mraz
General Board Member – Aaron Springer
General Board Member – Ellen Waters
General Board Member – Max Wilson
General Board Member – Emma Wright

When do the organizations meet?

The dates for this year’s upcoming meetings can be found here:

How do I become a member?

Becoming a member is simple! Membership dues are only $25 and must be paid annually to renew membership. To join, complete the online membership application and pay dues via a credit/debit card.

Students interested in joining Gamma Iota Sigma should complete the membership application and email it to New student membership fees are $50.00 and provide lifetime affiliation with the fraternity. Cash, check and credit/debit cards are acceptable forms of payment. Checks are made payable to the Alabama Insurance Society. After submitting your application, an AIS member will contact you to facilitate the payment of dues.