Samford University


June 21, 2010

Our Story

Ashley Spann, selected as a United Negro College Fund-Merck Undergraduate Fellow this summer, sends this update regarding her research in Philadelphia:

"Ultimately, my main objective is to take a multicomponent therapeutic approach of genomic screening using the Merck compound library to identify possible drug combinations that work synergistically to promote the desired phenotypic effect.  All in all, I'm very excited and can't wait to come back in the fall to share with all of you my experiences here in Philadelphia."


The world is better because of Ashley Spann's mind.

Our Mission

The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career, and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.

Our Core Values

The Samford community values lifelong:

  • belief in God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
  • engagement with the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • learning and responsible freedom of inquiry.
  • personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility.
  • vocational success and civic engagement.
  • spiritual growth and cultivation of physical well-being.
  • integrity, honesty, and justice.
  • appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions.
  • stewardship of all resources.
  • service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community.

Our Vision

Anchored in Christian understanding, Samford University will be a diverse community, stressing vigorous learning and personal faith, in the Baptist tradition. Within that commonality, the Community will be innovative in teaching, learning and research; sensitive to global issues; aggressive in self-assessment and continuous improvement. Faithful to its mission, Samford will be known and acknowledged worldwide by holding to its core values. The world will be better for it.

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