Mensa is the largest of the international high-IQ societies. The purpose of our Southeast Michigan chapter is to provide opportunity for intellectual and social belonging and networking among diverse people.

Bookmark this site to see SEMM’s calendar of events for members and their guests. In addition to local events and monthly meetings, SEMM hosts a Winter Bash (games party), SEMMer Bash (picnic), and a Regional Gathering held each April, known as SEMMantics.

01 January 2018

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: www.mensafoundation.org/scholarships

10 December 2017

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.

03 December 2017

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 www.mensadetroit.com/semmantics for more information.

05 November 2017

November Monthly Gathering – Howell Michigan’s Legacy as a Hotbed of the Ku Klux Klan

Around the state, and even around the country, Howell has the notorious reputation of being a hotbed of activity for the Ku Klux Klan. But is there any foundation to the KKK rumors? And how did Howell get this reputation? Buddy Moorehouse, the former editor of the Livingston County Press in Howell, will explain how it all ties back to a man who’s been dead for 25 years – a man who didn’t even live in Howell – Robert Miles, the former Grand Dragon of the Michigan Ku Klux Klan. Moorehouse will explain how this one man was able to taint a town’s reputation, and what Howell has been doing through the years to fight back against this unfair legacy. His presentation will include video clips and other historical pieces related to Robert Miles and his KKK activities through the years.

From 1983 to 2009, Buddy Moorehouse was an editor at the Livingston County Press in Howell, where he covered Robert Miles’ notorious life and times. Moorehouse is currently a blogger for the Livingston Post, where he recently wrote a piece surrounding the 25th anniversary of Miles’ death. He’s also an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and the Vice President of Communications for the state charter school association.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Mingling begins at 7:00pm, program at 8:00pm

ADMISSION (Exact change appreciated)
Adult members: $4, or a strip of 4 tickets for $12
Adult guests: $5
Children 12 and under: $2
Members receive free admission
in the month of their birthday

Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church
23925 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48075

29 October 2017

American Mensa Announces a New Voucher Program

American Mensa has just announced an exciting new program that will give every current Mensa member a voucher that they may give to any non-member to either submit prior evidence or sit for a supervised test for free.

This one time offer will run from October 1, 2017 until March 31, 2018. Prospective new members must provide the code at the time they ask to join a test session or submit their prior evidence to have the normal fee waived. See www.AmericanMensa.org/join for information on redeeming the one time voucher.

There are two ways to join Mensa: testing and prior evidence. Test sessions are scheduled regularly. Write to testing@MensaDetroit, call 2734.281.2726, or register online at www.US.Mensa.org/join/take the admission test. The Mensa test is designed for ages 14 and older.

Did you know that many people who could be members may already have test scores that qualify them to join? The second way to join AML is to submit qualifying scores from familiar tests many of us have taken. Go to www.US.Mensa.org/join/Submit qualifying testing to see a list of the most common tests that are accepted as well as instructions for how to find documentation and submit it.

Ask your Mensa member friends to provide you with the code to
save $60. There will never be a better time to join us!