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Mensa student research prize up for grabs!

Tue, 03/11/2015
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What do IQ and intelligence mean to you? Curious students and sixth formers with great research and writing skills are invited to enter the inaugural British Mensa research essay competition.

Students are invited to vie for one of two awards, each worth £100, by submitting an essay based on research into the field of IQ and intelligence.

Students from any academic field may enter and the remit is intentionally broad to encompass politics, sociology, sport, business, neurology and many more.

The two winners will also walk away with the title British Mensa Young Researcher Award or British Mensa Researcher of the Year Award.

To be eligible for the Young Researcher Award, entrants must be studying A/Levels, International Baccalaureate, BTEC National or equivalent at a UK school or college. To be eligible for the Researcher of the Year Award, entrants must be studying at Access, HND, undergraduate or postgraduate level at a UK university.

Applicants for both awards are invited to submit a research project, essay or journal article of no more than 3,000 words, which possesses as a central focus the concept of IQ or intelligence. Submissions may derive from any academic discipline, and can be conceptual, empirical or theoretical. Submissions may have been submitted the same academic year as this award as an undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral dissertation, school or college project, or journal article submission, or equally may be created for the sole purpose of this award.

The deadline for entries is May 31 2016, and will be judged by the British Mensa Board and the British Mensa research officer. The winners will be announced on June 30

The following criteria will be taken into account during judging:

  • Ability to meet the criteria regarding length and relevance;
  • Use of peer reviewed research and general academic rigour of approach;
  • Originality and contribution to knowledge;
  • Creativity of approach (e.g. a novel or new ‘take’ on the concept of IQ and intelligence)

Entries are welcome from schools, colleges and universities. Please contact British Mensa’s research officer Dr Elesa Zehndorfer ( for more information – and good luck.