Kenneth Melville Undergraduate Research Bursary

The Pitch
Update: We are $35,000 away from our goal of reaching $100K in order to endow the bursary. Please help us reach the rest of our goal!

Help increase diversity in the field of pharmacology by offering funding for a summer research and mentorship experience to undergraduate students from underrepresented groups, in particular Black and Indigenous students.

The Highlights
Your gift will help:

  • Support the Melville Undergraduate Research Bursary, which provides funding to students from underrepresented communities so they can pursue careers in the field of pharmacology
  • Provide valuable pharmacology research experiences to these students, which will benefit them when applying to graduate school or for professional opportunities
  • Honour the memory of Dr. Kenneth Melville, a pioneering Black pharmacologist

The Story
Kenneth Melville, BSc’26, MDCM’26, MSc’31, was an extraordinary man. Born in Jamaica, he studied at McGill and graduated at the top of his class in 1926. In 1953, he became Chair of McGill’s Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, becoming the first person from a developing country to hold a Chair at McGill. Dr. Melville was internationally respected and had a prolific scientific career. He served as a mentor for students from developing regions and was a leader in Montreal’s Caribbean community.

Dr. Melville was a prominent social and political advocate within the Montreal community. In the 1930s, he chaired the fundraising committee for Fred Christie, a Montrealer who was refused service in a tavern because of the colour of his skin, chronicled by the monumental legal fight of Christie v. York.

With your support, we can keep the spirit of Dr. Melville’s legacy by continuing to support the Melville Undergraduate Research Bursary in the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics. Gifts from donors allow this fund to offer a paid summer research internship and faculty mentorship to an undergraduate student from an underrepresented equity group. These research and mentorship experiences serve to advance the opportunities of underrepresented students in graduate programs and professions in the field of pharmacology.

For more information on the Melville Legacy, please click here.

Meet the Project Team: 
Dr. Gerhard Multhaup
  • Chair of Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Dr. Bastien Castagner
  • Assistant Professor and Chair of Melville Legacy Committee
  • Member of Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics Fundraising Committee
Cathy Shang Kuan
  • Research Officer, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Dr. Christopher Wright
  • Grandson of Dr. Kenneth Melville
  • Physician and Pharmaceutical Executive
Chantal Grignon
  • Undergraduate Student Coordinator
Vivian Lee
  • Undergraduate Student Alumni
Olivia Kovecses
  • Graduate Student Representative
Laura Yudo
  • Undergraduate Student Representative