Vikual Gupta, a senior at Oregon Episcopal School is one 40 finalists nationwide participating in The Intel Science Talent Search.

The Intel Science Talent Search is considered America’s most prestigious math and science competition for high school students.

Gupta won a spot as a finalist due to a new algorithm he developed for an encryption system which allows computer hardward designers to develop high security through more efficient encryption chips. His project is titled “Parallel Implementation of the Convolution Operation in Quotient Polynomial Rings for the NTRU Cryptosystem.”

This year’s Intel Science Talent Search will take place March 10-15 in Washington D.C. Gupta and the other finalists will have the opportunity to have their project critiqued, meet leading scientists, and display their research at the National Geographic society.

The winning contestants will be competing for more than $1.2 million in awards.

Hannah Joy is a student and childrens' literature enthusiast. She enjoys singing, nature walks, and hummus. She hopes to bring joy and truth into the world through the written word.