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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Jun. 14, 2021
Music Near Bedtime Disruptive to Sleep, Baylor Study Finds
Baylor sleep researcher Michael Scullin finds “earworms” continue during sleep, can cause restless nights in study in Psychological Science.
Jun. 9, 2021
Baylor Religion Survey Releases Newest Findings
Patterns in American religious attitudes, behaviors and beliefs just after the 2020 presidential election and during the coronavirus pandemic are the latest focus of the Baylor Religion Survey, the most comprehensive national survey studying religion in America.
Jun. 8, 2021
Baylor Mathematician Earns Coveted NSF CAREER Award
Jameson Graber’s award, the first NSF CAREER award earned by a Baylor math faculty member, applies game theory and partial differential equations to high level societal questions.
Jun. 3, 2021
Baylor Researchers Introduce 6P Color Imaging System that Could Revolutionize TV, Cinema Storytelling
SMPTE, NASA among organizations at introduction of compatible system that transcends traditional color range, enables digital screens to display “colors within the colors” naturally seen by the human eye.
May 31, 2021
Baylor Study Uses Candy-like Models to Make STEM Imagery Accessible to Students with Visual Impairment
Baylor researchers, led by Bryan Shaw, found oral tactile visualization of complex 3D structures to be as accurate as eyesight in Science Advances - published study.
May 26, 2021
Baylor Researcher Receives $3.1 Million NIH Grant for Work with Women in Juvenile Justice
Danielle Parrish in Baylor's Diana R. Garland School of Social Work has been awarded a $3.1 million NIH grant to study the efficacy of risk reduction intervention efforts for young women age 14-17 in the juvenile justice system.
May 24, 2021
Elevating the Future of Air Travel
David Jack, Baylor professor of mechanical engineering, is working to arm the aerospace industry with resources to make it smarter and safer through non-destructive testing technology.
May 20, 2021
Breaking Down Barriers
The research of Karol Hardin will help Spanish-speaking patients overcome obstacles to healthcare through a focus on effective communication and equity.

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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