Awards and recognition

For several decades, the Mensa Foundation has presented awards on an annual basis to individuals around the world. Some awards are specifically for Mensa members who are contributing to the Foundation's mission, but others recognize the advancement of knowledge and education without membership limits.

Awards for Excellence in Research

Awards for Excellence in Research

The Mensa Foundation's Awards for Excellence in Research are given internationally for outstanding research on intelligence, intellectual giftedness and related fields.

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Copper Black Award for Creative Achievement

Copper Black Award for Creative Achievement

Copper Black was a Mensan who valued creativity. In her will she left a legacy funding a special annual award to recognize an outstanding creative achievement by a member of American Mensa, Ltd. Nominations due March 1.

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Distinguished Teacher Award

Distinguished Teacher Award

The Mensa Foundation's Distinguished Teacher Award recognizes a teacher, professor or instructor at any educational level who has had an especially positive influence on the education or life of a Mensa member. Nominations due March 1.

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Intellectual Benefits to Society Award

Intellectual Benefits to Society award

The Intellectual Benefits to Society Award program recognizes the application of Mensans' intellectual abilities that result in tangible benefit to society.

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Laura Joyner Award

The Laura Joyner Award is given to recognize outstanding work, theoretical or applied, in the areas of education, literacy, work with the gifted, or identifying threats to, or preventing loss of, intelligence.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award (national and international) is presented in recognition of more than 15 years of contributions to the field of intelligence and related subjects.

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Mensa Foundation Prize

Mensa Foundation Prize

The Mensa Foundation Prize is awarded biennially for the best scientific discovery in the field of intelligence or creativity. Endowed by the estate of Kenneth Douglas Thomson, the award includes a $10,000 prize, personal plaque and medal.

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Mensa Press Award

Mensa Press Award

The Mensa Press Award recognizes excellence in writing about human intelligence and giftedness; it is designed to encourage reporters and editors to spread the latest news about intelligence to lay audiences.

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