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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Oct. 23, 2019
Baylor Professor on Winning Team for $100 Million Water Grant
Statistical sciences professor Amanda Hering is part of a national research consortium to transform the U.S. water system through desalination
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Oct. 17, 2019
Bolivian Forager-Farmers Confront Changes in Lifestyle and Health
Lifestyle may be central to maintaining health in a small society undergoing change in livelihood and nutrition, Baylor University researcher finds.
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Oct. 16, 2019
NIH Grant to Fund Studies of Nurse Virtual Reality Training
Funding allows Baylor researchers to study how VR simulator for training nurses can address medication administration errors
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Oct. 10, 2019
Seeing What’s Beneath From High Above
Baylor professor’s research illuminates sub-surface elements of the Moon, Mercury.
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Oct. 7, 2019
A Partnership to Fight “Other” Diseases
Baylor University and the Baylor College of Medicine's (BCM) National School of Tropical Medicine (NSTM) work together to fight neglected tropical diseases that prey on the world's most vulnerable.
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Oct. 4, 2019
Prototype App Can Help Parents Detect Eye Diseases in Children
A Baylor University researcher’s prototype smartphone app — designed to help parents detect early signs of various eye diseases in their children such as retinoblastoma, an aggressive pediatric eye cancer — has passed its first big test.
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Oct. 3, 2019
Baylor Launches Postdoc Hiring Program
Baylor announced the formation of a postdoctoral researcher hiring program to support and enhance research across the University. The postdoctoral hiring program will dramatically accelerate Baylor research through the planned addition of 65 professional researchers.
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Sep. 26, 2019
Texas Hunger Initiative Receives $2.6 Million Walmart Foundation Grant
The Walmart Foundation announced today that Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) has received a $2.6 million grant to continue its work to end hunger in Texas through support of child nutrition outreach.
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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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