A Preeminent Christian Research University

Baylor University’s vision affirms that the world needs a preeminent research university that is unambiguously Christian. In 2021, Baylor was recognized as an R1 research institution, a significant benchmark in the University's continued focus and investment in research at the highest levels. 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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May 9, 2023
Baylor Study Combines Lithophane, 3D Printing to Make Scientific Data Accessible to Everyone Regardless of Level of Eyesight

Scientists use old-fashioned art form and 3D printing to make major advance in eliminating exclusion of individuals with blindness or low vision from chemistry and other life sciences, published in Science Advances.

May 8, 2023
Baylor Announces Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., as Inaugural Holder of The Jim and Sharon Harrod Endowed Chair of Christian Thought

Jacobs will build on decades of scholarship to promote deep study of the relationship between faith and knowledge and ensure Baylor is a national leader in dialogue concerning the intersection of faith and learning in higher education.

May 3, 2023
Baylor Researchers Explore Instagram, TikTok and Psychological Well-Being

Smartphone researchers Meredith E. David and James A. Roberts have investigated the correlation between the “flow states” – or happiness experienced by individuals – while using Instagram and TikTok and psychological well-being.

May 2, 2023
Study Provides Insight into Community Dynamics During Pandemic

Baylor biological anthropologist Michael Muehlenbein, Ph.D., seeks to understand the medical, social and psychological factors involved in a long-term pandemic response.

May 1, 2023
User Acceptance Testing Begins for Baylor’s Electronic Research Administration System

In less than two months, Baylor’s research enterprise will take a significant step forward with the implementation of a new electronic research administration system. CARA will enhance Baylor’s capacity to support the University’s dramatic research growth.

Apr. 21, 2023
Ginty Receives Early Career Award for “Groundbreaking Work”

Psychology and neuroscience researcher Annie Ginty earns award from the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Apr. 17, 2023
Houston Metro Area Serves as Lab to Study Impact of Urban Pollution on Thunderstorm Activity

Baylor researchers Rebecca Sheesley and Sascha Usenko serve as co-investigators on $890,000 Department of Energy grant gathering data around the Houston metro area to understand the relationship between pollution and specific weather events.

Apr. 16, 2023
Texas Roots, Global Vision for a World Without Hunger

The Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty advances research and projects with a goal of ending hunger. Discover how partnerships with the USDA and more have scaled their efforts in Texas to feed five million children in 38 states while growing systemic approaches to counter the factors that lead to food insecurity.

Our Research Commitment


Give Light, the philanthropic campaign for Baylor's future, provides significant endowed funding that fueled Baylor's R1 achievement will facilitate continued 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.