Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

April 28, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

URSA presents 2014 Awards in Excellence and Service


Dr. Truell Hyde, Baylor University’s vice provost for research, presents the URSA Exceptional Service Award to Dr. Elizabeth Davis, Baylor University’s executive vice president and provost.

Last week, the Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Steering Committee, along with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, presented the 2014 URSA Awards in Excellence and Service.  The awards recognize faculty, students and administrators who have made meaningful contributions to undergraduate research at Baylor.

At a special ceremony in the Bill Daniel Student Center, URSA presented the Exceptional Service Award, Mentors of the Year Awards and the Leadership Award in Undergraduate Research.  In addition to presenting these awards, the committee also presented certificates to students who presented the most outstanding platform presentations and posters at Scholars Week 2014 (Click here to check out more pictures from the event on the OVPR Facebook page).

Please join the OVPR and URSA in congratulating these award recipients and thanking them for their service to Baylor!
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April 17, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

OVPR releases 2014 Research Magazine

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is proud to announce the release of the 2014 issue of Research magazine!  This year’s magazine brings you stories about some of the great research and scholarly activity undertaken by Baylor faculty and students and their collaborative partners outside the university.

In this year’s magazine, you can read about:

  • A Baylor environmental scientist and the university’s artist in residence, both of whom draw inspiration from geologic formations to enhance our understanding of the world around us;
  • Two Baylor chemists performing leading cancer research while providing opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to gain real-world laboratory experience;
  • The dean of Baylor’s Honors College, who takes a philosophical approach to popular culture and encourages students to think more deeply about the media they consume;
  • Faculty in Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, who improve the practice of patient care through their research and teaching;
  • The Green Scholars Initiative, which provides Baylor faculty and students with unprecedented opportunities to examine ancient texts first-hand;
  • Baylor’s culture of mentorship that helps prepare the way for future scholars, artists and professionals;
  • Partnerships between Baylor and other, nearby research institutions, which open the door for faculty and students to make world-changing biomedical discoveries; and
  • A partnership that allowed Baylor students to team with industry leaders to improve a product that protects our most precious natural resource.

Click here to read the 2014 Research magazine online, or contact the OVPR to request a printed copy.


March 31, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Students, show us your favorite URSA Scholars Week moments for our photo contest!

For the second year in a row, URSA and the OVPR are sponsoring a Scholars Week photo contest open to all Baylor students!

Here’s how the contest works:

  • Take a picture of your favorite moments from this year’s URSA Scholars Week.  Check out some of last year’s entries for inspiration.
  • Share your pictures on Twitter using the hashtag #URSA14. Remember that if your account is set to private, we may not be able to see your pictures.
  • Optional (but encouraged!), follow the OVPR on Twitter and Instagram. We’ll retweet pictures and share updates from all the events throughout Scholars Week.
  • Check back here! At the end of the week, we’ll announce the contest winner.

March 26, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

OVPR appoints new director of compliance

Deborah Holland is Baylor University's new assistant vice provost for research, director of compliance.

Deborah Holland is Baylor University’s new assistant vice provost for research, director of compliance.

Deborah L. Holland has joined the Office of the Vice Provost for Research staff as assistant vice provost for research, director of compliance.

An alumna of Trinity University, Holland holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law and is licensed to practice in Texas. She earned a master of public health degree from the Texas A&M Health Science Center, specializing in health policy and management, and is a certified institutional review board professional. She is a member-in-good-standing of the State Bar of Texas, Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research, and of the Health Care Compliance Association. She is published in her field and has spoken at professional conferences and seminars, including as guest lecturer at the University of Washington.

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March 17, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

OVPR announces recipients of FY 2015 URSA Small Grants

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Steering Committee have announced the recipients of the FY 2015 URSA Small Grants program.  The grants are intended to provide opportunities for faculty-student interaction through mentored research experiences.  Students who work on URSA-funded projects also develop presentation skills through participation in URSA Scholars Week. Continue Reading →

March 11, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

D Magazine recognizes Baylor LHSON faculty member with Excellence in Nursing Award

Nurse Practitioner Lori Spies of Louise Herrington School of Nursing (Photo by Becky Robbins, Louise Herrington School of Nursing)

Nurse Practitioner Lori Spies of Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing (Photo by Becky Robbins, Louise Herrington School of Nursing)

Lori Spies, a senior lecturer in Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, was recently named a recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Nursing Award by D Magazine, a city magazine covering culture, politics, business and art in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

The awards are given annually to recognize nurses who make positive contributions to health care in North Texas.  Out of 456 nurses nominated, Spies was one of 24 award recipients. She was recognized in the “Nurse Practitioner—Primary Care” category for providing international educational opportunities to Baylor nursing students, as well as for her work with nurses in underserved areas around the world.

Two other Baylor faculty members were named finalists for the award: Dr. Shelley Conroy, dean of LHSON, was a finalist in the leadership category and Dr. Jane Nunnelee, a senior lecturer at LHSON, was a finalist in the geriatrics category.

Click here to read the full article in D Magazine.

March 7, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Baylor faculty win national award for math & science education

Dr. Rachelle Rogers (left) and Dr. Trena Wilkerson

Dr. Rachelle Rogers (left) and Dr. Trena Wilkerson were among the Baylor faculty members who gave a presentation on the GEAR UP Math Initiative at SSMA’s 2013 convention.

A group of Baylor faculty recently accepted a national award honoring the Math Initiative, a middle school education program developed by faculty in the School of Education and the department of mathematics in the College of Arts & Sciences.  The School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA) presented the Baylor team with the Award for Excellence in Integrating Science and Mathematics.

Math Initiative is part of GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), a U.S. Department of Education grant-funded program that encourages students in local secondary schools to pursue higher education. Dr. Truell Hyde, Baylor’s vice provost for research, was the principal investigator on the GEAR UP grant.

Click here to read more about the award.

February 24, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Call for undergraduate research highlights: CUR summer quarterly

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe Council on Undergraduate Research is now accepting submissions for the “Undergraduate Research Highlights” section of the summer 2014 CUR Quarterly.  The highlights contain brief descriptions of peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications by undergraduate students that appeared in journals in the last six months.

The publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate authors or co-authors.  The deadline for submission is March 15.

Click here for formatting requirements and submission instructions.  Samples of past undergraduate research highlights are available on the CUR website.

About CUR

The Council on Undergraduate Research is a national organization devoted to supporting and promoting high-quality collaborative research between faculty and undergraduate students.  In addition to sponsoring annual conferences and other meetings, they also provide faculty development resources and other materials to help members improve the undergraduate research environment on their campuses.  Baylor is an enhanced institutional member of CUR, which allows our faculty, administrators and students to join CUR at no cost.  Click here to learn more about CUR.

February 19, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

CUR extends deadline for poster abstract submission

CUR_Conf_logoThe Council on Undergraduate Research has extended the deadline to submit poster abstracts for presentation at the 16th CUR Conference. Abstracts are now due by Feb. 28. The 2014 CUR Conference takes place June 28-July 1 in Washington, D.C.

CUR invites submissions of research posters from any discipline, with the following themes encouraged:

  • Undergraduate Research for the Public Good
  • Undergraduate Research for All! Ensuring Access to High Quality Opportunities
  • Undergraduate Research for High-Impact Learning: Scaling Up and Scaffolding
  • Undergraduate Research for Transformation: Assessing the Impact
  • Undergraduate Research for Mentors: Support and Sustenance
  • Funding for Undergraduate Research: Finding and Leveraging Resources
  • Undergraduate Research for the Future: Exploring New Directions
  • Other non-theme proposals are welcome

Click here for abstract requirements and submission instructions, or click here for more information on the 2014 CUR Conference.

February 19, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Check out research highlights in the latest Baylor Magazine


Check your mailbox for the latest issue of Baylor Magazine.

Research and discovery are front-and-center in the latest issue of Baylor Magazine!  The winter 2014 issue includes a trio of feature stories that showcase how Baylor research is making a difference in fields from philosophy and religion to chemistry, biology and environmental science.

Click here to check out the entire magazine, or click the links below to jump directly to the great research stories.

C.S. Lewis: Beyond the wardrobe
On the 50th anniversary of his death, Baylor scholars weighed in on the legacy of C.S. Lewis that still resonates in contemporary culture and on campus today.

Family photos help detect cancer
Baylor professor turns son’s diagnosis into motivation to explore new ways to identify retinoblastoma.

What we can learn from earwax
Baylor professors use whale earwax to pioneer a technique for studying whales and ocean contaminants.