While a botany student at UVU, Allyson Searle played a pivotal role in leading the UVU Botany Club in establishing the Heritage Native Plant Garden located between the science and environmental buildings. The garden continues to be an important resource for botany and biology courses taught on campus. The garden also is part of a statewide heritage plant garden program.
After graduating from UVU with a bachelor’s degree, Searle was hired to manage the botany lab while also working on a master’s degree. Searle teaches classes, assists in field trips, does research that involves student participation and spends hours working with students in the lab and field.
Faculty, staff and students recognize her as an educator who wants others to succeed and is willing to help in any way she can. She is dedicated to her students and ensuring they enjoy learning.