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Science at Baker | Small School, Big Opportunities

With the latest technology and extensive laboratory space, the Ivan L. Boyd Center for Collaborative Science Education provides Baker students exceptional opportunities to explore and learn.

Jump into Original Research

In classes of a dozen students or fewer, our science students work closely with professors to produce original research and present it at regional, national and even international conferences. Our courses provide more hands-on experiences than undergraduates get at larger universities. 

Recent Undergraduate Research

  • Collaboration on two papers published in Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science.
  • Collaboration on research, "Disruption of catenin-cadherin interaction decreases tail regeneration in Lumbriculus variegatus," presented as a poster at Experimental Biology 2013 in Boston
  • Collaboration on research, "Lunar Ashen Light Variations by Observatory Latitude" presented as a paper at the Mid America Astrophysics Conference at the University of Missouri at Kansas City
  • Collaboration on the paper, "Tardigrades of North America: further description of the genus Multipseudechiniscus Schulte and Miller, 2011 (Heterotardigrada: Echiniscoidea: Echiniscidae) from California," in the science journal of the Smithsonian Institution Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington.


Stretch Your Knowledge Through an Internship

Students have expanded their education beyond Baker through internships at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, St.Luke's Hospital, Xavier University in New Orleans and at the University of Hawaii.

Make a Difference Through Health & Medicine

The Boyd Center provides space for extensive laboratory work and research for students preparing for careers in medicine, nursing, veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry and physical therapy.

  • Of those who apply, Baker students are accepted into medical school at a 78% clip. The national average is 44%.
  • In the past 10 years, Baker has sent pre-veterinary, pre-med and pre-dental students to Kansas State, University of Missouri at Kansas City, University of Nebraska, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and University of Kansas School of Medicine.
  • Nursing, students can finish the last two years of their education at Baker's School of Nursing, which is located at Stormont-Vail HeathCare in Topeka.


We're No. 1!

The first university in Kansas

#1 four-year graduation rate in Kansas for private and public institutions, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education

#1 ranked private university in Kansas, according to U.S. News and World Report

#1 most effective private university in Kansas, according to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact

#1 athletic program in Kansas as ranked in the latest NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings

#1 in Kansas for academic reputation, financial aid offerings, success of graduates, according to College Choice

#1 in Kansas for total costs related to outcomes of graduates in workforce, according to the Educate to Career College Rankings Index