Leadership lived: Abigail Norville

Leadership lived: Abigail Norville


My name is Abigail Norville and I am a
junior biology major minoring in chemistry and public health here at the University
of Illinois Springfield today we are at the Illinois State Capitol for
undergraduate research days with University of Illinois Springfield, Urbana-
Champaign and Chicago. My research was we traveled to five major central Illinois
cities we want to test the homeless population for Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is
a viral blood-borne pathogen that is extremely infectious. We wanted to
determine if there was a higher prevalence within the homeless
population compared to the general population and our research has shown
that there’s a 15.35% higher prevalence within the homeless
population. To present it here at the Capitol I kinda it does feel good. A lot
of hours have been put into this. I put over a hundred hours so far into this
research and a lot of people they don’t know about it. Hepatitis C really
isn’t that popular even though it is more prevalent than HIV and kills more
people than HIV. It feels good to let people know legislators know just how
prevalent this is and how big the problem that this is and how big of a
burden on the general public it is. After I graduate from UIS, I would love to go to
medical school I would definitely like to be a medical
doctor. I like working hands-on one-on-one with people and I would
definitely love to be a doctor for under represented communities, such as the
homeless and people who don’t get accurate health care that they need. UIS
has given me a lot of opportunities because of the small class size the
opportunity such as this research has allowed me to get my name out there. I
really want to interested in building too far away and I really wasn’t
interested in having a lot of debt because UIS is great for financial needs. UIS
also interested me because I’m a biology major I felt that I would need a smaller
class size to help me with the harder chemistry and biology that I knew that I
was going to need help with at some point in my career. I had no idea that
this research would turn into something so big. At first, I came into it and I was
excited about it but then once I started working with it I realized just how
important it was, but I still didn’t think that it was going to be important
enough to go to the state capital and then as I started going forward I was like this is
really important. People really need to be more aware of this.

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