The UK Office of Undergraduate Research recently presented UK Superfund Research Center Trainee Joshua Preston with a first place award in the Biological Sciences category of the 2017 Oswald Research and Creativity Competition. The competition was established in 1964 by then-UK President John Oswald to encourage research and creative activities by undergraduate students. Joshua’s entry, “Maternal Nicotine Exposure Prior to and During Pregnancy and Nursing Increases Offspring Obesity Risk,” was chosen from a select group of talented undergraduate student work because of its originality, clarity of expression, scholarly contribution, and the validity, scope, and depth of the project.

Joshua is a Junior at UK planning to graduate in the spring of 2019 with a major in biology and minors in mathematics and history. He has been a trainee in Dr. Kevin Pearson’s lab since 2015 where he works on UK SRC’s Project #2: Postnatal Complications of Perinatal Polychlorinated Biphenyl Exposure. Earlier this year, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) selected Joshua as one of the recipients of its prestigious $10,000 Astronaut Scholarships. The ASF Scholarship is presented annually to outstanding college students majoring in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). Congratulations on these outstanding achievements, Josh!