Why R1?

Baylor University’s vision affirms that the world needs a preeminent research university that is unambiguously Christian. No university is better positioned to achieve this goal. Through top-tier research and scholarship, R1 universities bring their voice to bear in addressing our world’s most meaningful challenges. As Baylor achieves preeminence as a Christian research university, it enables researchers from throughout the University to infuse the quest for solutions, at the highest levels, with Baylor’s distinct voice and mission.

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Jan. 19, 2021
Answering the Unknown
Discover how Baylor faculty, students and alumni apply statistical knowledge to the fight against COVID-19.
Jan. 19, 2021
Changing Diets May Best Explain Global Childhood Obesity Crisis
Findings among children in Amazonian Ecuador offer insight into the relative importance of diet versus energy expenditure for rise in obesity.
Jan. 15, 2021
Fighting Stress in Mind and Body
Baylor researcher Annie Ginty, Ph.D., an APA Rising Star and NIH career development award recipient, builds understanding of stress, the brain and the heart.
Jan. 7, 2021
Baylor Researchers Earn Grant to Study Impact of Urban Pollution on Thunderstorm Activity
An $890,000 Department of Energy grant will fund extensive research throughout Houston metro area over a three-year period to examine the relationship between pollution and convective cell thunderstorms.
Dec. 10, 2020
Prehistoric "Sea Dragon" Identified as New Species
Baylor geosciences doctoral student co-authors PLOS One journal article identifying mysterious marine reptile found off English coast.
Dec. 8, 2020
Effective Communication Strategies for Hospital Safety During COVID-19.
Brief “huddles” — rather than a barrage of emails and texts about safety and risk — may be the fastest and simplest way for hospital workers to avoid communication overload as they deal with the flood of COVID-19 cases, a Baylor University researcher says.
Nov. 19, 2020
Interdisciplinary Research to Improve Body Composition
As people age, they lose lean muscle mass without appropriate interventions. That decline has a variety of health implications. LesLee Funderburk in Baylor Human Sciences and Design researches methods to counter that loss and improve health throughout the aging process.
Nov. 16, 2020
Study Examines Cynical Hostility and Pathways to Cardiovascular Disease
Cynical hostility is a potential pathway to cardiovascular disease by preventing a healthy response to stress over time, according to a study led by Baylor University in the journal Psychophysiology.

Our Research Commitment


Give Light, the philanthropic campaign for Baylor's future, advances the University's R1/Tier 1 pursuits through endowed funds that will facilitate research growth across campus.

Endowed Faculty Positions

Through the creation of new endowed faculty positions, including 17 endowed chairs in areas that support growth in research initiatives, Baylor supports high-level teaching and discovery.

Campaign Donors

The Baylor Family is united in support of Baylor's distinct role as the preeminent Christian research university.

Baylor stands apart as a Christian research university — a position that empowers our aspiration to become America's preeminent Christian research university. Illuminate, Baylor University's Academic Strategic Plan, has one overarching goal: To bring light to the world as we accelerate our quest toward preeminence as a Christian research university, building on Baylor's historic strengths and strategically investing in new areas of research and service.

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