RARE  RISINGSTARS 2013 The UK’s Top 10 Black Students
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Melvin Mezue

DPhil Neuroscience
University of Oxford
Academics and Business
Melvin Mezue

Melvin’s ‘can do’ attitude has propelled him to positions of leadership and influence in the Oxford community and beyond. Well respected and well‑liked, only Melvin’s diary is likely to give away the secrets of his countless commitments.

Melvin is Divisional Board representative for the Oxford University Student Union, a tutor in medical sciences, a Welfare Officer for St Hugh’s College MCR and the current President of the Oxford University Africa Society, where he was a key organiser of this year’s annual pan‑African conference, which attracted around 450 delegates and had a King and a Vice‑President among its dignitaries.

“Everything I’ve ever counted a success started off as a risk.”

Outside of Oxford he is financial director and co‑founder of Streamline Empire Ltd, a youth‑led promotions company involved in a range of projects including modelling competitions, club nights, variety shows, photography, videography and design. Streamline has achieved turnover of £45k, profits of £7k and raised over £2k for charity.

The premier Streamline Empire events are ‘Mr and Mrs Runway’ which engages all aspiring models and ‘Ms Curvaceous’, a plus‑size model competition. Both competitions attract entrants from largely from under‑represented groups, offering winners life‑changing opportunities with top modelling agencies.

In his spare time, Melvin is intercalating from a medical degree and undertaking a DPhil in Neuroscience, where he uses functional MRI imaging to investigate how the brain processes pain and to work on developing new treatments for chronic pain syndromes. As well as delivering several national and international conference presentations, some of Melvin’s research work has been exhibited at the Science Museum – ‘Pain Less: The Future of Relief’ – and showcased on the BBC’s One Show.

“For me, creating opportunities for others is greater reward than any personal accomplishment.”

Prior to his time at Oxford, Melvin studied at UCL where he was President of UCL’s African Caribbean Society and interned in the trading division at Morgan Stanley. Although he recently received a job offer from the Boston Consulting Group, Melvin will be returning to UCL in the coming academic year to complete his medical training.

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