American Mensa Newsroom

June 12, 2019
USC Educator Honored by Mensa for Artificial Intelligence System Combating Human Trafficking
USC Educator Honored by Mensa for Artificial Intelligence System Combating Human Trafficking

For only the second time, the accomplishments of a single nominee have earned that Mensan two Mensa Foundation awards. The Foundation is proud to recognize Dr. Mayank Kejriwal’s work using AI to identify and prevent sexual exploitation with both the 2019 Copper Black Award for Creative Achievement and Intellectual Benefits to Society Award.

June 10, 2019
New Jersey Educator Honored by Mensa for Impact on Curriculum, Programming, and Policy
New Jersey Educator Honored by Mensa for Impact on Curriculum, Programming, and Policy

Recognizing her work as a gifted and talented teacher in Washington Township, N.J., her service in both state and national associations for gifted children, and her ambition to provide an educational environment that fosters creativity and critical thinking, the Mensa Foundation is proud to award Lynne Henwood with its inaugural Gifted Education Fellowship.

May 14, 2019
Mensa Hosts Symposium on How Privacy Rights Intersect with Technology
Mensa Hosts Symposium on How Privacy Rights Intersect with Technology

Four esteemed digital privacy experts — a top legal scholar on internet surveillance and the Fourth Amendment, a leading digital civil liberties advocate, a data policy expert, and a journalist who focuses on law and technology — will speak at the Mensa Foundation’s 2019 Colloquium — Privacy in the 21st Century: Mystery or Myth.

April 16, 2019
Mensa Honors Aron K. Barbey for Brain Connectivity Research
Mensa Honors Aron K. Barbey for Brain Connectivity Research

Professor Aron K. Barbey has been awarded the second Mensa Foundation Prize for his innovative research and significant advancement of the neuroscience of brain connectivity.

April 14, 2019
2019 Mensa Select® Winners Announced
2019 Mensa Select<sup><small>&reg;</small></sup> Winners Announced

After nearly two days of nonstop gameplay, our Mensa Mind Games judges have selected the following titles to receive the official Mensa Select seal.

April 8, 2019
Mensa Welcomes Its First Robo-member
Mensa Welcomes Its First Robo-member

Artie is the first robot and only the third fictional character to receive an honorary Mensa membership card, joining Lisa Simpson and Mr. Peabody. As Robotics Week boots up, Artie shows the value of coding and creativity.

October 1, 2018
American Mensa Kicks Off Annual Membership Month October 1
American Mensa Kicks Off Annual Membership Month October 1

The high IQ organization American Mensa kicks off its annual Membership Month today, celebrating its passionate member community and the anniversary of the organization’s founding on Sept. 30, 1960.

August 29, 2018
Nominations Open for $10,000 Mensa Foundation Prize for Creativity, Intelligence
Nominations Open for $10,000 Mensa Foundation Prize for Creativity, Intelligence

The Mensa Foundation seeks nominees for its Foundation Prize, which rewards breakthroughs in the studies of intelligence and creativity. The award is presented biennially by Mensa’s philanthropic arm, the Mensa Education & Research Foundation, was endowed by the estate of Kenneth Douglas Thomson, and includes a $10,000 prize.

April 22, 2018
2018 Mensa Select® Winners Announced
2018 Mensa Select<sup><small>&reg;</small></sup> Winners Announced

300 Mensans persevered through 42 hours of nonstop tabletop gameplay, winnowing 64 new-to-market games to just these five — our 2018 Mensa Select winners.

January 17, 2018
Association Leader Named Mensa Executive Director
Association Leader Named Mensa Executive Director

Trevor Mitchell has been appointed Executive Director of American Mensa, the largest of the worldwide Mensa affiliates with more than 50,000 members, 130 chapters, and special interest groups throughout the United States.

January 8, 2018
Mensa Foundation Announces New Board Trustees
Mensa Foundation Announces New Board Trustees

The Mensa Education and Research Foundation announces the appointment of three new trustees to its Board of Directors: Jennifer Wise, Vicki Herd, and Keri Guilbault.

November 3, 2017
Mensa Foundation Honoree Named One of 'People' Magazine’s “25 Women Who Are Changing the World”
Mensa Foundation Honoree Named One of 'People' Magazine’s “25 Women Who Are Changing the World”

Natalie Hampton, creator of the free Sit With Us app and recipient of the Mensa Foundation’s Copper Black award for creativity, has been recognized as one of People magazine’s “25 Women Who Are Changing the World in 2017.”

October 17, 2017
American Mensa Executive Director Announces Departure
American Mensa Executive Director Announces Departure

After 20 years as American Mensa’s Executive Director, Pamela Donahoo has announced her resignation, effective Nov. 17, 2017, to accept the CEO position with another association.

October 10, 2017
Mensa IQ Tests Abound in October – Politicians Welcome
Mensa IQ Tests Abound in October – Politicians Welcome

American Mensa members come from all walks of life: ground-breaking researchers, smart actors who play dumb on TV, championship-bound (eventually) football coaches — even politicians. Their beliefs and jobs are trumped by their IQ scores. At Mensa, all brilliance is welcome.

September 12, 2017
An Intelligent Television Season Begins
An Intelligent Television Season Begins

As the fall TV season kicks off a number of new shows and returning favorites will explore the varying levels, challenges and endeavors of extreme intelligence. This increase in exposure to all things intellectual has been beneficial to those who succeed and/or struggle with….

August 18, 2017
Mensa for Kids Geeks Out Over Solar Eclipse
Mensa for Kids Geeks Out Over Solar Eclipse

Mensa for Kids is preparing for the Great American Eclipse by providing parents and teachers a free lesson plan. The plan includes learning opportunities and activities, as well as precautions for safely viewing the eclipse.

July 13, 2017
Largest International Mensa Chapter Announces New Board of Directors

The largest and most renowned high intelligence association, American Mensa, announces its incoming national board members following its biennial election.

June 22, 2017
From Penn Jillette to Roger Stone and Memories of Al Capone, Mensa Comes to Hollywood, Fla.
From Penn Jillette to Roger Stone and Memories of Al Capone, Mensa Comes to Hollywood, Fla.

Smart people and diverse topics all in one place. The largest annual conference of the high-IQ society, American Mensa, will take place July 5-9 at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida.

June 12, 2017
Anti-bullying App Creator Honored by Mensa Foundation
Anti-bullying App Creator Honored by Mensa Foundation

Creator of the successful “Sit with Us” mobile app, 16-year-old Natalie Hampton is being recognized for her creative use of technology to deter bullying and, furthermore, for her work as an anti-bullying advocate.

May 24, 2017
Mensa Foundation Honors Google DeepMind’s David Silver for AlphaGo Program
Mensa Foundation Honors Google DeepMind’s David Silver for AlphaGo Program

David Silver, who led Google’s efforts to develop the first computer program to defeat the world’s best Go players, has been recognized by Mensa with an inaugural award honoring discoveries in intelligence and creativity. The award comes from the high-IQ association’s philanthropic arm, the Mensa Education & Research Foundation, which announced Silver as the recipient of its first $10,000 Mensa Foundation Prize.