Senior Lauren Lupkowski won a top paper award in the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament held in Kansas City, Kan., over spring break.

Lauren LupkowskiA 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.