Charlotte Lane left her heart in West Africa. But she will return there to begin her life’s work after honing her knowledge and research skills at Carolina.

Lane, one of 24 incoming recipients of a five-year fellowship with the Graduate School’s Royster Society of Fellows, is a graduate student in the Department of Nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

“After receiving my degree, I hope to go back to West Africa and work in the development community,’’ Lane said. “I love the people and the culture there. I want to spend my life working on locally relevant nutrition interventions that make sustainable and long-term differences to the community. At least, that’s the plan so far.”

Lane recently arrived in Chapel Hill after more than two years working as a Peace Corps Community Health volunteer in Burkina Faso. After she graduated from Harvard University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in human evolutionary biology with a minor in global health and health policy, Lane wanted to study primates.

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