Senior Lauren Lupkowski won a top paper award in the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament held in Kansas City, Kan., over spring break.
A biology and communication studies major from Minneapolis, Lupkowski wrote her winning entry “Sites of Infection for Candida Albicans in Human Hosts and Virulence Factors” for a fall 2011 capstone course taught by Professor of Biological Sciences Thomas Dolan. In February, she won state honors for paper written in a course on media and cultural criticism.
Lupkowski and sophomore Maggie Smith competed in five tournament events at the national tournament, representing the Butler Speech Team. Smith, a sophomore criminology major from Hobart, Ind., also competed in Public Forum Debate.
With 68 schools participating, the 2012 tournament was the largest ever hosted by Pi Kappa Delta.