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New Jersey Educator Honored With Distinguished Teacher Award
June 24, 2019
New Jersey Educator Honored With Distinguished Teacher Award

Nominated by Mensa member Ingrid Bianca Byerly, Ms. Maull has taught students who became luminary musicians and educational influencers in Africa, Europe, Asia, and America. “She championed unique assets and tended individual challenges,” Ms. Byerly said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mensa Honors DeepMind’s David Silver for AlphaGo Program
May 24, 2017
Mensa Honors 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 recognizes both applied and fundamental discoveries in areas such as brain-related research, creation of tools and mechanisms for advancing such research, or any significant research that leads to an improved understanding of human intelligence, including artificial intelligence.

Pulitzer Winner and Trauma Director to Speak at 2017 Mensa Foundation Colloquium
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.

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

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

Mensa Foundation scholarship period starts Sept. 15
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.

Mensa Foundation Elects New Board President
July 15, 2016
Mensa Foundation Elects New Board President

The Mensa Education and Research Foundation supports and celebrates the work of intelligent people through its scholarships, awards program and gifted youth outreach. The Foundation has announced changes in its board leadership with the election of Marie Mayer as its new Board President. Dave Remine ended his term as President on July 1.

Mensa Education and Research Foundation celebrates San Diego Brain Injury Foundation
July 5, 2016
Mensa Education and Research Foundation celebrates San Diego Brain Injury Foundation

The Mensa Foundation presented its Laura Joyner Award to the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation for their work in improving the quality of life for brain injury survivors and their families living in San Diego County. The award was presented at The Foundation’s annual Colloquium held at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center.

Colloquium to Examine Flora, Fauna and the Future
June 14, 2016
Colloquium to Examine Flora, Fauna and the Future

In concert with the famed San Diego Zoo, The Mensa Education & Research Foundation will explore the current and future states of genetics at its 2016 Colloquium: Flora, Fauna and the Future, scheduled June 28 at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego.

Mensa Foundation Honors Dr. Ranko Rajovic with International Intellectual Benefits to Society Award
September 30, 2015
Mensa Foundation Honors Dr. Ranko Rajovic with International Intellectual Benefits to Society Award

Focused on sensory-motor and cognitive development of children, Dr. Rajovic's work integrates play with learning for children with impulse-control issues, developmental disorders, and learning disabilities and aids in the identification of gifted youth early in their development.

Mensa Foundation Recognizes Heuser Hearing Institute for Decades of Service
September 28, 2015
Mensa Foundation Recognizes Heuser Hearing Institute for Decades of Service

Since 1948, the Heuser Hearing and Language Academy (HHLA) has served students with hearing loss and their families by providing education options, therapy options and other support. The Mensa Foundation selected the Heuser Hearing and Language Academy as the recipient of the Laura Joyner Award for its outstanding work in the area of human intelligence.

Mensa Foundation Honors Dr. Antonella D’Alessandro for Safety Innovation
September 23, 2015
Mensa Foundation Honors Dr. Antonella D’Alessandro for Safety Innovation

For her research into the development of building materials that can detect structural issues, the Mensa Education & Research recognizes Assistant Professor Antonella D’Alessandro with its International Copper Black Award for Creative Intelligence.

Eau Claire Resident Appointed to Mensa Foundation Board
August 27, 2015
Eau Claire Resident Appointed to Mensa Foundation Board

Lessa Scherrer of Eau Claire, Wis., has been named a trustee of the Mensa Education & Research Foundation. She has been an active member of American Mensa for 11 years, including service as chair of the Gifted Youth and Scholarship committees. She also founded and edited YM², the Young Mensan magazine.