The Copper Black International Award for Creative Achievement recognizes a Mensa member who has produced an innovative, practical idea and successfully implemented it. This includes any invention or other novel idea that has a practical application, such as a solution to a persistent problem or a difficulty alleviated. Winners receive US$500 and a plaque.
The creative achievement should have been established or recognized during the three years preceding the date of nomination. Further, please note this award is not intended to recognize creative accomplishments in the graphic, literary, performance or other arts.
Who may apply
Any member in good standing of any national Mensa, or any direct international member, is eligible to compete. Nomination may be made by a member or group, and self-nomination is encouraged. If the idea or innovation is the product of a group, the recognized leader of the group will be the nominee. If you're a member of American Mensa, you're eligible for the Copper Black Award for Creative Achievement.
The nomination process
While nominations may be submitted at any time, the deadline for each year's award is March 1. All nominations and documentation must be in English. Translations, in whole or in part, are acceptable.
Make your nomination online. You will have the opportunity to upload supporting documentation such as testimonials, relevant publications, significant results, clippings, etc. Please note these files must be in .pdf, .txt or .docx format.
For more information on this award, email the Award Committee Chairman.