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.

Risk and Capacity Building Office of Research

Recent News

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Chew Offers Video Guide to Learning During Pandemic
How to Learn in Pandemic Times offers reassurance that although education might look different in coming months, the way humans learn will not. “Regardless of the place you find yourself in, learning only takes place in one location, and that’s inside your brain,” Chew notes in the video. “If you understand the principles of how the brain learns, then you’ll be able to adapt to whatever situation you might find yourself in.” 
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Samford Professor Explores Social Connections Between Congregations
As religious congregations dispersed by COVID-19 struggle with how and when to safely reconnect, Samford religion and sociology professor Jennifer McClure offers insights into the social networks that bind congregations. 
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Book Highlights Scholarship of New Political Science Chair
Lee Trepanier edited the new book–Eric Voegelin’s Asian Political Thought–which gathers scholars from Asia and the West to examine a region rising in global affairs. 
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Grant Will Support New Course on The United States In the World
The Stanton Foundation has awarded History Department chair Jonathan Den Hartog a $42,200 grant to develop a new course that will explore how the United States has made decisions to operate in the wider world. 
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American Chemical Society Grant Will Fund Research by Wilger and Students
The grant from the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund provides funding for three years of research, most of which will be performed by students under Wilger’s guidance.