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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Apr. 5, 2021
Illuminating a Giant
Doris Miller was "the first American hero of World War II," but as an African-American in the 1940s, his impact had to fight through layers of suppression. Now, a Baylor history professor's work is shining increased light on his contributions-not only at Pearl Harbor, but on the Civil Rights Movement that followed.
Mar. 31, 2021
Baylor Researchers Earn THECB Autism Grant Awards
The awards, presented to educational psychology faculty Tonya Davis and Stephanie Gerow, provide over $800,000 in funding to provide Texas parents and teachers with behavioral intervention training.
Mar. 29, 2021
Baylor Marketing Study: What Motivates Safety Measures During COVID-19?
Baylor marketing professors found that fear plus information receptivity equals preventive behaviors to protect self and others during COVID-19 pandemic.
Mar. 24, 2021
Mooney Lab: A Son’s Legacy Through Significant Health Research
A new Baylor laboratory will house high-level research in cancer, kidney disease, heart disease, diet and more, backed by a family who found a meaningful way to honor the memory of their son.
Mar. 22, 2021
U.S. Work-Family Policies Rank Lowest in Study of 20 Developed Nations
National work-family policies that give lower-income families more time together while allowing them paid time off are more effective for children’s psychological health than cash transfers, according to a study of developed nations led by Baylor University.
Mar. 18, 2021
Lilly Endowment $1 Million Grant to Fund Research Team on Churches and Racial Justice
A research team that includes a Baylor University scholar on race and religion will lead a national effort to help congregations confront structures of racism in their communities.
Mar. 4, 2021
Baylor Researcher Earns $493,000 Department of Education Grant
A coveted grant from the U.S. Department of Education, awarded to Stephanie Gerow, assistant professor of educational psychology, will fund research to provide early childhood professionals with behavioral intervention training for children with developmental disabilities.
Feb. 16, 2021
Evolutionary History and Health in Bioinformatics
Tools of innovation, science and technology look to the future. To fully understand current and future health challenges, however, Mary Lauren Benton, Ph.D., assistant professor of bioinformatics, says history cannot be ignored.

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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