SELINSGROVE - Patrick W. Erickson, a 2011 graduate of Shamokin Area High School and a junior biochemistry major at Susquehanna University, participated in a 10-week undergraduate research program at Duquesne University School of Pharmacy.

As a result of this research, he was invited by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences to present a poster at the association's 2013 annual meeting and exposition in San Antonio, Texas, held Nov. 12.

In addition, Erickson received a 2013 POLYED Undergraduate Award for Achievement in Organic Chemistry from the American Chemical Society's Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Division. This prestigious award is given to the top sophomore or junior student at a university who is majoring in chemistry or a closely related discipline. The award is based on outstanding performance in the full year of organic chemistry courses.

Erickson was also inducted into the Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society, and was recently honored as a university scholar at Susquehanna University. The annual scholars program recognizes Susquehanna's most successful student scholars. To be named a University Scholar, students must have earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.75 in full-time study for the past two semesters or equivalent credit hours of part-time study.

Erickson, a son of Shamokin residents Bill and Cindy Erickson, holds a 3.98 grade-point average.