Honored for Excellence

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) psychology professor Keith Trujillo has been recognized with the prestigious 2017 Wang Family Excellence Award in the category of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Service. “It’s an incredible honor,” Keith said. “I work with some extraordinary people here at Cal State San Marcos and in the entire California State University system, and this award could have gone to any number of people who are deserving. So, I feel this is more of a recognition of the work we all do, rather than an individual award.” The California State University’s Board of Trustees honored Keith at its Jan. 31 meeting in Long Beach.

Keith’s areas of expertise are psychopharmacology and neuroscience, with his current research focusing on the behavioral and neurobiological effects of psychoactive drugs. He has trained many first-generation college students in his psychopharmacology laboratory at CSUSM, with more than half of them transitioning to Ph.D. programs at some of the most prestigious universities in the country. Keith mentors scientists from disadvantaged groups nationwide as co-director and principal investigator of a prestigious National Institute of Mental Health summer program at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts. He also serves as director of the CSUSM Office for Training, Research, and Education in the Sciences, which has recruited, trained, and mentored more than 600 students in STEM fields over the past decade.


The annual Wang Family Excellence Award recognizes four outstanding faculty members and one outstanding staff member from the California State University system who, through extraordinary commitment and dedication, have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements. Their activities advance the CSU’s mission and enhance excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.