The Samford University Office of Research is committed to the highest standards of integrity in fulfilling its mission to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research. This is accomplished by providing a range of services in support of all research activities undertaken by faculty, staff, and students at Samford University. Our activities include:

  • Providing central research administration from proposal submission, through contract development and negotiation, to project closeout with the services of the Office of Sponsored Programs.
  • Supporting a culture of ethical research and compliance by providing guidance and oversight in such areas as the protection of human and animal subjects, research integrity, and conflict of interest management.
  • Overseeing research policy, including research compliance, guidelines for faculty and student researchers, and other areas.
  • Advocating for student research programs and supporting efforts across all colleges and schools.
  • Creating opportunities through internal funding that aims to strategically stimulate new endeavors in research programs and scholarly activities.

Recent News

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Samford STEM Scholar Prepares to Fight Growing Cybersecurity Threat
A summer research experience immersed Burks in cutting-edge exploration of remote sensing and cybersecurity. The latter was of special interest, and helped him and his research partners develop a way to train computer networks to mitigate malware attacks.  
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Samford Students Document Diverse Birmingham Worship Spaces
Students of Samford professor David Bains spent the fall semester documenting Birmingham’s diverse worship spaces, with special emphasis on the Avondale community. Their 21 essays, ranging from the Abbey to Zion Star Apostolic Overcoming Holy Church of God are now online at Bains’ Magic City Religion website. 
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Geography Conference Showcases Student Research
Sarah Grumulaitis’ project—Food Deserts in Birmingham, AL: Location, Suitability, and Access to Potential Urban Gardens—earned first place in the undergraduate research poster presentation category.  
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George Presents Research at International Conference
The project–"University students and caregiver support: An investigation of the support-seeking behaviors among university students experiencing distress"–is a collaboration with department colleagues Betsy Emmons and Nia Johnson. 
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Wiget Earns $70,000 Research Grant
The grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund will fund nine summer research students and cover material costs over three years of a research project.