Jennifer Bechtel is the Program Specialist for the Innovation Living-Learning Community (Innovation LLC) at the Illinois Street Residence Halls. In this role, she connects University of Illinois students who are interested in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship with the wide variety of resources that are available on campus and in the Champaign-Urbana community. She is a former theatre educator with extensive leadership experience at the Champaign-Urbana youth theatre community. She also co-wrote the screenplay for the feature film Leading Ladies and wrote and directed the feature film Scary Normal, which premiered at the MBLGTAC Conference in Lansing, Michigan and is now playing at festivals and events nationally.
was awarded for the inaugural Illinois Innovation Prize this year