Get to Know: Beth Etchison, Grants and Contracts Coordinator

Beth Etchison
Beth Etchison, Grants & Contracts Coordinator

Our School is grateful for talented and dedicated staff, who contribute greatly to our teaching and research excellence. This "Get to Know" series highlights our staff, sharing their friendly faces and stories of professional success.

Where did you grow up?

With the exception of two years during middle school that I was in Champaign, I grew up in Peoria. I’ve been in Champaign since 1983.

What year did you begin working for the iSchool?

I began at the iSchool in November 2018.

Where did you work prior to the iSchool?

I've been with the University since 2007. Immediately prior to the iSchool, I worked in the grants office at Beckman Institute.

What do you do at the School?

I am now a grants and contracts coordinator. My main responsibilities involve assisting faculty and principal investigators with the financial management of their research projects. In the past year, I've taken on more responsibilities, assisting Tamara [Roosevelt] with proposal development and submission.

What do you like best about your job?

I enjoy being a problem solver. This includes finding ways to make things happen within all the constraints of policies, procedures, and laws, or having to "take it up a notch" to meet an impending deadline.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I watch way too much television! I enjoy sporting events, including Illini basketball, football, and volleyball; Chicago Bears and Cubs; and motocross and supercross racing. It's definitely more fun when you can attend the event. I also like to be crafty, and I try to get away with friends a couple of weekends a year for scrapbooking weekends.

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