Greater New York Mensa

Current information: 

•Greater New York Mensa official web site: 

A group password is required to view the complete calendar on that site. The password is published occasionally in Mphasis.
If you are a member of Greater New York Mensa and have your American Mensa password, you can get that password by logging on here

•Greater New York Mensa Facebook page: 

•Greater New York Mensa Meetup group: (Enrollment on Meetup is required, and then only GNYM members will be approved when they apply to join the group.) 

Old GNYM web site: 

This ( ) is the old site, having information from June 1998 through December 2015, with only limited updates since then. 

Calendar of Events • Featured Events • Recent GNYM Events • Young Mensans • Special Interest Groups (SIGs) • MERF Scholarships • Links to various online Mensa resources • Ancient Quiz Questions • Ways of Joining Mensa • Mensa Qualifying Exam Information & Schedule in our area • GNYM Contacts • GNYM Board Members and coordinators • GNYM Bylaws • About this website • GNYM Members-Only Area • Ancient GNYM photo albums 

Governor's Island in upper New York bay - Click to enlarge.

MERF (The Mensa Education & Research Foundation)

MERF is a philanthropic, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization funded primarily by gifts from Mensa members and others. MERF awards scholarships, sponsors colloquia, grants research awards, and publishes articles. Of particular interest to MERF is the study of the intellectually gifted. Research projects in the social and psychological sciences supported by MERF have included: measurement of the upper levels of intelligence; psycho-social adjustment; identification of cultural differences; educational strategies and neurophysiological attributes of giftedness; and intelligence and aging.

Scholarships are awarded to approximately 60 students nationwide each year. More than 5,000 students apply for these awards, which range from $200 to $1,000. Awards are made to applicants enrolled in degree-granting programs at accredited American colleges and universities based on a competitive essay. There are also awards made from several endowed funds, including awards to women who re-enter academic study after a period of employment or family management, and awards for the study of engineering, mathematics, medicine, the physical sciences, and history.

MERF also sponsors weekend-long meetings on serious issues. Authorities are invited to speak and discussion follows. Themes for past meetings (Colloquia) have included "Science and Society: Our Critical Challenges," "The Impact of the Arts on Civilization," "The Gifted in Society," and "Forecasting a Valid Tomorrow."

Courtesy of  Metropolitan Washington Mensa.

MERF Scholarships

Any eligible student (it is not necessary to be a member of Mensa to be eligible) who is a resident of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk or Westchester Counties can call ____ ____ to obtain an application by postal mail or fax.

The 1999 - 2000 MERF Scholarship Contest has ended. Many thanks to this year's dedicated team of judges: ____.

If you would like to be a judge in next year's competition, please send a note to ____ at the address below with your name, address, phone number, email address (if any) and field of expertise. The judging committee will meet one or two weekend afternoons in mid-February 2001. You do not have to be a member of Mensa in order to judge essays.

The winners of the 1999 - 2000 MERF Scholarship Contest have been announced. As always, the contest was open to members and non-members of Mensa. High school teachers and college professors were encouraged to give applications to their students. The deadline for essay submissions was January 31, 2000. When it is available, an entry form for next year's contest will be reproduced in Mphasis, the newsletter of Greater New York Mensa. Otherwise, if you live in the Greater New York City area, please send a stamped self-addressed envelope to Ruth Rosenhaus at the address below. Please don't forget the stamped self-addressed envelope!

Scholarship Committee Chair
____, NY  1____

Out-of-town students: Under new MERF guidelines, the Greater New York Mensa Scholarship Committee can accept applications only from students whose legal or residential address is within our geographic area. Students outside of the Greater New York Mensa area should send a stamped self-addressed envelope, with a letter requesting an entry form, to the address below. MERF will send an entry form for the scholarship competition in the applicant's geographic area.

American Mensa, Ltd.
1229 Corporate Drive West
Arlington, TX  76006-6103

For a listing of MERF Scholarship winners around the country, visit the 1998-1999 MERF Scholarship Winners and the 1997-1998 MERF Scholarship Winners pages on the American Mensa website.

More about MERF

For more information, please visit the MERF subsite of the American Mensa website.

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