Every day, we're supporting new generations of scientists studying natural and cultural history, past and present.
The Mayborn’s Broader Impacts program and Bryce C. Brown Fellowships are at the leading edge of scientific research at Baylor University, conducting research to make world-impacting discoveries.
Our research partners utilize the Mayborn’s 200,000+ artifacts and specimens. From Ancient Marine Reptiles to historic buildings, from Ice Age Mammoths to Texas textiles, our collections are the evidence of the beauty of the earth.
Our Broader Impacts
In 2015, the Mayborn Museum joined the Portal to the Public Network of practitioners funded by the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services and facilitated by Institute for Learning Innovation. Baylor University researchers are encouraged to partner with the Mayborn Museum to reach broader impact requirements for national and international grant applications.
The result is a collaborative effort with the Mayborn Museum and Baylor University departments to engage community audiences with current research through programming or exhibition.
Mayborn Research Partners will enhance their abilities to share research through hands-on activities that engage audiences of all ages through a half-day training on engagement strategies provided by the Mayborn Museum.
Featured Broader Impacts research partners:
In 2017, in order to generate original research based upon its collections, Mayborn Museum created the Bryce C. Brown Research Fellowship.
Each spring the Museum invites Baylor University faculty, as well as PhD and graduate students, to apply for Fellowship opportunities. Access to the collection and a stipend of $2,000 is awarded to one Fellow using the natural history collection and one Fellow using the cultural history collection.
The majority of the research is scheduled to be conducted during the summer months. The stipend is considered financial aid and will affect total monies received.
Past Bryce C. Brown award recipients and their projects have included:
The Mayborn Museum’s collections date from the mid-1850s and includes objects and their associated information from the fields of history, ethnography, archaeology, zoology, botany, geology, and paleontology.
Up until the 1990s the Museum accepted donations of objects collected from around the world. The collecting scope of the Museum was updated to focus primarily on the state of Texas. Over the years the Mayborn Museum’s collections have been accessed by researchers from the US and around the world
Researchers can find our collections in two locations
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