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2018 North American Unicycle Convention and Championships

Come cheer on SEMM member Joan Rayford as she performs at the 2018 North American Unicycle Convention and Championships.

The North American Unicycling Competition and Convention (NAUCC) is an annual week-long unicycling competition in which U.S. and Canadian riders compete in a number of events including freestyle competitions, MUni races, track and field events, distance races, hockey, and basketball. It is also the qualifying event for the Unicon.

July 8-14, 2018 in Livonia, MI

Visit the NAUCC website for more details and locations of events.

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Last Chance for Winter Bash Early Bird Pricing

Winter Bash has sold out!

This is your last chance to register for Winter Bash! at the discounted rate. The price increases after January 18!

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Mensa Scholarship Essay Competition Closes in Two Weeks

UPDATE: The essay competition has closed.

The Mensa Scholarship Essay competition opened September 15, 2017 and will remain open until 11:59 p.m. Central Time, January 15, 2018.

The Mensa Foundation scholarship program is an essay contest that is open to all students who are enrolled in a U.S. college or university in the academic year following the award. Applicants write 550-word essays that describe their educational and/or career goals. Entries are judged solely on content – including grammar. No financial information needed or considered for awards. You do not have to be a member to be eligible for the public scholarships, and there also are 2 scholarships for a Mensa member and/or member’s dependent.


There are 3 unrestricted National Awards, 2 unrestricted Local Awards, and 4 unrestricted Regional Awards.

In addition, there are restricted special category scholarships for:

  1. Graduate student planning a career in professional writing, teaching English grammar and/or writing.
  2. Study of aeronautical engineering or an aerospace field.
  3. A female returning to school after any absence of 7 or more years.
  4. Pursuing a degree in Natural Sciences or Mathematics.
  5. Study for an undergraduate liberal arts degree (BA or AA)
  6. Graduate study in history.
  7. Study in journalism.
  8. Pursuing a degree in the Art, including creative writing and journalism.
  9. Pursuing a degree in the Fine Arts.
  10. For a Veteran.
  11. For study in interpersonal communication, mediation or related study.
  12. Study in Fine Arts that include applied arts such as architecture, photography, ceramics and textiles.
  13. For an LGBT applicant.

Four scholarships were new last year:

  1. 4 Paws and a Tail ? $600.00
    Restricted to graduate level studies or continuing education of an established Veterinarian
  2. Dr. Peter M. Kendall Science Scholarship ? $600.00
    Restricted to the Natural Sciences including but not limited to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Geology, Environmental Science, Forestry, Pre?Med, Pre?Dent
  3. STEM Scholarship ? $2,000.00
    For natural and applied science, technology, and math majors
  4. Carol Martinez Scholarship ? $2,500.00
    Restricted to the field of information technology

To apply go to:

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No Meeting This Month

A snowmanThere’s no Monthly Meeting (or ExComm Meeting) this month. Have a great holiday season!

We’ll see you next month for Winter Bash! on Saturday January 20th from 6pm-11pm. Guests of members are welcome. Ticket information is available on the Winter Bash! page.

Regular meetings will resume in February.

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Announcing SEMMantics 39!

Southeast Michigan Mensa Regional Gathering

SEMMantics 39
April 20-22, 2018

Detroit Metro Airport Marriott
30559 Flynn Drive
Romulus, Michigan 48174

To get $99/$109 hotel rate, go to or call 734-729-7555 before March 30, 2018


Full Weekend
Through 1/31: $85
Through 4/6: $100
4/7-onward: $140
Saturday Only
Through 4/6: $70
4/7-onward: $90

*Guests of Members add $25
*Family Rates Available

Online registration coming in January.
Paper Registration Form

Watch for more information.

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