American Mensa Newsroom

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.

April 24, 2017
2017 Mensa Select® Winners Announced
2017 Mensa Select<sup>&reg;</sup> Winners Announced

300 Mensans persevered through 42 hours of nonstop tabletop action, winnowing 74 new-to-market games to just these five — our 2017 Mensa Select winners.

April 17, 2017
Entertainer Penn Jillette To Spotlight High-IQ Society Gathering

The five-day Annual Gathering, which will draw upwards of 2,000 attendees from July 5-9 at the Diplomat Beach Resort, will feature author and television star Penn Jillette, the taller, louder half of the magic duo Penn & Teller.

February 10, 2017
Pulitzer Winner and Trauma Director to Speak at 2017 Mensa Foundation Colloquium

Author and New York Times correspondent Dr. Sheri Fink joins Orlando Regional Medical Center trauma director Dr. Joseph Ibrahim and infectious disease expert Dr. Michael Osterholm to discuss how working in exceptional circumstances can lead to exceptional ideas and solutions.

December 15, 2016
Mensa Announces Biennial Prize for Discoveries in Intelligence, Creativity
Mensa Announces Biennial Prize for Discoveries in Intelligence, Creativity

The high-IQ society American Mensa will recognize and reward breakthroughs in the studies of intelligence and creativity with a new biennial award of $10,000.

September 30, 2016
Celebrate the Cerebral During Mensa Membership Month

This October, American Mensa will celebrate its members and invite others to become part of this renowned association with half-price testing all month long.

September 15, 2016
Mensa Foundation scholarship period starts Sept. 15

Starting this month, the Mensa Foundation welcomes applications to its scholarship program. More than 150 scholarships are being offered. Only one of the scholarships requires membership in Mensa. All scholarships offered by the Mensa Foundation are essay-based.