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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Jul. 22, 2021
Baylor Recruits Alan Wang, Ph.D., as Mearse Chair in Biological and Biomedical Engineering
Esteemed researcher, inventor, is the University’s first endowed chair hire through the Baylor Academic Challenge; will join Baylor from Oregon State University in 2022.
Jul. 19, 2021
Running the Gamut
Learn more about how Baylor professors and inventors are expanding the color palette available to creatives on digital cameras, stretching beyond traditional RGB broadcast color.
Jul. 16, 2021
Baylor Presents Significant R1 Progress Report at Board of Regents Meeting
Significant strides made over the past four years across numerous metrics have the University projected to achieve its R1 goals by 2024.
Jul. 15, 2021
Biodiversity Impacts of Alternative Energy Strategies
Baylor researcher Ryan McManamay considers ecosystem footprint of climate mitigation energy pathways in study published in Biological Conservation.
Jul. 12, 2021
Diapause as a Tool for Mosquito Suppression
Cheolho Sim, associate professor of biology, has dedicated his research towards suppressing mosquito populations and slowing the spread of disease. He recently earned an NSF grant to untangle the genetic roots of diapause.
Jun. 29, 2021
Grammar of the Genome
Taking tools and methods from computer science and applying them to solve fundamental biological questions, Mary Lauren Benton opens doors to analyses of DNA's influence on disease.
Jun. 22, 2021
Crustal Block Tectonics Offer Clues to Venus’ Geology, Study Finds
New study that includes contributions by Baylor planetary geophysicist Peter James, identifies previously unrecognized pattern of tectonic deformation on Venus.
Jun. 21, 2021
Preparing Undergrads for High-Level Research
The Science Research Fellows (SRF) major in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences provides a quick start for students who have their sights focused on scientific research.

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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