Keith Trujillo of CSU San Marcos.
Keith Trujillo of CSU San Marcos. Image via CSUSM

A CSU San Marcos psychology professor and six connected with UC San Diego have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor going to 396 people this year.

Keith Trujillo, director of the university’s Office for Training, Research & Education in the Sciences, was one of eight elected to the Education Section elected for distinguished contributions to science and neuroscience education and mentoring that have advanced diversity at local, regional and national levels.

The UCSD academics elected by their peers:

The tradition of AAAS fellows began in 1874.

Members can be considered for the rank of fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the association’s 24 sections, or by any three fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee’s institution), or by the AAAS chief executive officer.

Fellows must have been continuous members of AAAS for four years by the end of the calendar year in which they are elected.

This year, 396 members were awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

This year’s fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal “Science” on Nov. 24, the school said.

New fellows get a gold and blue rosette pin Feb. 17 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Earlier this year, Trujillo won the 2017 Wang Family Excellence Award in the category of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Service.

In 2001, he earned CSUSM’s President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity. Other honors include the National Award of Excellence in Mentorship from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse; the Award for Education in Neuroscience from the Society of Neuroscience; and the National Award for Research from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse.