A Preeminent Christian Research University

Baylor University’s vision affirms that the world needs a preeminent research university that is unambiguously Christian. In 2021, Baylor was recognized as an R1 research institution, a significant benchmark in the University's continued focus and investment in research at the highest levels. 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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Aug. 9, 2022
Bridging the Gap
Baylor's Lab to Market Collaborative is a proven and repeatable commercialization process designed to translate research into real-world products that solve industry problems.
Aug. 8, 2022
360 Degree Mentorship
A look inside a Baylor lab group demonstrates the research ecosystem that develops when top-notch faculty, postdocs and students of all levels interact in this Baylor Magazine piece.
Aug. 4, 2022
Baylor Poetry Professor Earns National Career Enhancement Fellowship
Ryan Sharp earns one of 28 national fellowships from the Institute for Citizens & Scholars, supporting scholarship in African American poetry and enabling the creation of new academic studies.
Aug. 2, 2022
Collapse of Ancient Maya City May Be Linked to Drought in 13th, 14th Centuries
Transdisciplinary study in Nature Communications, featuring Baylor anthropology researcher Julie Hoggarth, suggests that prolonged drought between 1400-1450 escalated existing societal tensions and eventually led to Mayapan’s collapse and abandonment.
Aug. 1, 2022
Pictures of Success
Baylor's R1 research efforts are enlivened by humanities faculty across campus. Discover research from art, english, theatre, religion and more.
Jul. 28, 2022
Baylor Welcomes Leading Researcher as Inaugural Kenneth and Celia Carlile Endowed Chair in Materials Science
J. Brian Jordon, Ph.D., comes to Baylor from the University of Alabama, bringing highly regarded research lab and leadership to advance the University’s materials science efforts.
Jul. 27, 2022
Protecting the Grid, Enhancing Power
Mack Grady's research probes innovative approaches to protect power grids from attack, connect communities to generate power more quickly when one loses power and to enhance renewable energy sources in Texas.
Jul. 25, 2022
Baylor University Announces $1.5 Million Gift Establishing New Chair in Materials Science
Tim and Sharalynn Fenn's generous gift establishes an endowed faculty chair position to attract, retain and support a visionary leader focused on the growth and development of Materials Science and its associated fields.

Our Research Commitment


Give Light, the philanthropic campaign for Baylor's future, provides significant endowed funding that fueled Baylor's R1 achievement will facilitate continued 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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