Union University
Edward P. Hammons Center for Scientific Studies at Union University

About the Center

Mission Statement

The Edward P. Hammons Center for Scientific Studies was formed to show, by example, how science and Christianity are not only compatible, but also synergistic. Science at Union University is seen from a Christian vantage point. The Center operates with the presupposition that science as observed truth need not conflict with revealed truth and that science is impossible apart from the recognition that God has created an exploration of the nature of the universe, in order to afford a great appreciation of the complexity and glory of God's creation. The Center seeks to accomplish this by the encouragement of excellence in research and publication by our faculty and by sponsorship of conferences, lectures by outstanding scholars, and community outreach programs.

The Center serves as the umbrella organization for Union's Institutional Review Board to assist with human subject research.


  • To encourage excellence in scientific research and publication
  • To foster a constructive interaction between science and the Christian faith
  • To analyze the ethical implications of scientific theory and practice
  • To promote scientific literacy.

About Edward P. Hammons

Edward P. Hammons was a Trustee and longtime friend and supporter of the university before dying suddenly of DIC syndrome in November 1998. A native of Forrest City, Ark., Hammons established the O.P. and Evalyn Hammons Chair of Pre-Medical Studies and the Hammons Endowed Scholarship Fund with a major gift to Union in 1997.

"Dr. Edward P. Hammons was a man with a Kingdom of God agenda. He lived his life for the good of others and was generous with his time and resources for the cause of Christian higher education in particular and other numerous, benevolent causes." -- Union President David S. Dockery