Dr. Caleb Trujillo awarded Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award (PERA)

Dr. Caleb Trujillo received his Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. He completed his doctoral program in Biological Sciences at Purdue University in 2015. Now, Dr. Trujillo works as a postdoctoral research associate in the area of science education at Michigan State University, where he develops a cross-disciplinary framework for systems thinking in undergraduate biology students.   Dr. Trujillo has published 9 publications in total, including one in Science Advances in 2018. He has 4 invited talks and has more than 35 presentations in national and international conference and meetings. In addition, he has received 4 travel awards from different organizations and, while at Purdue, earned outstanding leadership and governance awards from Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.   Dr. Trujillo has mentored 6 undergraduate students at MSU to help them organize their research ideas, analysis and presentation of data. Three of his students have been awarded first place in educational research poster at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. He has also worked with more than 110 middle school students to help them understand science and science writing.   His PI, Dr. Tammy Long, mentioned that “His approach revealed that much of what we knew about systems thinking was biased toward a small education research community that was, for the most part, relatively disconnected from other fields that were not only larger, but also better integrated with one another” We are proud to award Dr. Caleb Trujillo with the 2017-2018 Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award. Congratulations.