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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Research News

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Oct. 18, 2021
Baylor-led Study Finds Impacts of Late Paleozoic Freezing Temperatures
Climate and fossil-informed ecosystem modeling showed plant freeze-tolerance affected forest cover of Pangaea during Pennsylvanian period.
Oct. 15, 2021
Baylor Recruits Han to Serve as Inaugural McCollum Family Chair in Data Sciences
Henry Han joins the Baylor faculty from Fordham, and provides data sciences leadership, building on a signature initiative of Baylor's R1 research roadmap.
Oct. 12, 2021
Academic Rigor, Industry Speed
Baylor’s industry-facing service centers facilitate industry partnerships that address hard problems. Core facilities like MTACC and ProtoLAB provide managed services on industry timelines for materials testing, prototyping services and more.
Oct. 11, 2021
Women and Early-Career Archaeologists Significantly Impacted by Pandemic
Baylor researcher Julie Hoggarth is lead author on study finding many archaeologists were negatively affected by COVID-19.
Oct. 5, 2021
Prominent Economist Joins Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty
Craig Gundersen becomes inaugural Snee Family Chair in Food Security at Baylor University.
Sep. 30, 2021
Baylor Celebrates Completion of Fundraising Initiative Generating 14 New Chairs
Baylor announced the successful completion of the Baylor Academic Challenge, which generated significant support from alumni and donors to establish 14 new endowed faculty chairs and significantly advance the University’s strategic plan.
Sep. 25, 2021
A Preeminent Christian Research University
Baylor University's vision affirms that the world needs a preeminent Christian research university, addressing significant global challenges through top-tier research. Learn more about systemic growth across Baylor's research enterprise and advancement toward R1/Tier research status.
Sep. 24, 2021
A Nano-view For Advanced Solutions
Zhenrong Zhang’s nanoscale microscope development addresses multidisciplinary challenges.

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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