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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Aug. 5, 2020
Texas Cave Sediment Upends Meteorite Explanation for Global Cooling
Researchers say cooling 13,000 years ago is coincident with major volcanic eruption.
Jul. 30, 2020
Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty Receives $930,000 USDA Grant for Milk Incentive Program
USDA grant supports innovative pilot program designed to encourage Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants to purchase and consume milk as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Jul. 29, 2020
Mark Twain Journal Relocates to Baylor
Legacy Scholar and one of America's foremost Twain scholars, Joe B. Fulton, moves offices of nationally acclaimed publication to Baylor.
Jul. 27, 2020
‘Selfish and Loveless’ Society in Uganda Really Is Not
A mountain people in Uganda — branded as selfish and loveless by an anthropologist half a century ago — really is not, according to a study led by a Baylor University anthropologist.
Jul. 20, 2020
‘Patient Patients’ in Psychiatric Care for Depression Disorders Show Decreased Symptoms
Inpatients in a spiritually integrated program reported greater calm, less depression at completion of treatment, among findings in Baylor University study.
Jul. 14, 2020
Study Finds Troubling Connection Between Workplace Pregnancy Discrimination and Health of Mothers and Babies
Perceived pregnancy discrimination indirectly relates to increased levels of postpartum depressive symptoms for mothers and lower birth weights, lower gestational ages and increased numbers of doctor visits for babies, according to a management study led by Baylor University.
Jul. 9, 2020
Homecoming: $2 Million CPRIT Grant Brings Young Researcher Back to Alma Mater
Liela Romero, a 2011 Baylor graduate, has distinguished herself as a leading young organic chemist and researcher. With the help of a $2 million CPRIT grant, she's returning to her alma mater to teach and contribute to Baylor's growing research enterprise.
Jul. 7, 2020
Researchers in Early Math Education Aim for Change
A Baylor summer program provides math intervention for children aged pre-K through second grade, developing research-based curriculum and programs to help students build a foundation for mathematic success.

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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