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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Mar. 25, 2020
Fossils Provide Clues About Ancient Pterosaur
Fish-eating pterosaurs with wingspans of up to 13 feet soared over the Sahara and snatched prey 100 million years ago, Baylor University researcher says.
Mar. 17, 2020
Majority Opposed to Separating Immigrant Families at US/Mexico Border
Political conservatism is the strongest correlation among supporters of the ‘zero-tolerance’ policy that resulted in family separations, Baylor researchers find
Mar. 10, 2020
Giving Children Back Their Childhood
Baylor interior design students and faculty are assisting with the design for a hyper-clean play space for children with cancer and a host of other diseases which also may compromise immunity.
Mar. 2, 2020
Building a Lab at Baylor
Learn how virologist Kelli Barr set up her Baylor University laboratory and how quickly her lab began publishing papers--far more quickly than she anticipated thanks to Baylor's support.
Feb. 25, 2020
Analyzing the Prevalence of Faith-Centered Tattoos
Religious tattoos of college students are more likely than non-religious ones to face inward, perhaps as encouragement to live out one’s beliefs, Baylor University professor says.
Feb. 20, 2020
Robotics That Mimic the Brain
In the burgeoning field of neruomorphic computing, Dr. Scott Koziol is pioneering research of robotics and neuroscience.
Feb. 17, 2020
Baylor Physics Professor Recognized as a SPIE Rising Researcher
Howard Lee, Ph.D., Baylor assistant professor of physics, has been recognized by the International Society for Optics and Photonics for outstanding work in product development and research, one of just 13 professors so honored nationally.
Feb. 12, 2020
WATCH: White Eye App on CBS This Morning
The White Eye App, developed by Baylor professors Bryan Shaw and Greg Hamerly, is a Science Advances gold standard tool which enables parents to screen photos of their children for pediatric eye disease. CBS This Morning reports on the app, and shares how one family used the app for early detection of Coates Disease to avoid further eye damage for their six-year old son.

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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