When he was 12, Cade Spaulding was invited to audit a chemistry class at Rice University. At the time, he was attending Cornerstone Academy, but his principal, Jill Wright, worked with his schedule to ensure he attended the class each week.
Today, Spaulding is a full-time research assistant at Rice University’s Department of Theoretical and Biological Physics, where he is working to develop a theoretical framework to find how cancers caused by more than one genetic mutation can be more easily detected and potentially prevented.
At just 16 years old, Spaulding graduated two years early from Stratford in May 2021. He previously attended Meadow Wood Elementary and Cornerstone.
He notes that he met some of the most instrumental people in his path in Spring Branch ISD.
“Ms. Wright came up with lots of creative ways for me to explore my interests and grow my unique abilities,” said Spaulding. “My high school counselor, Mr. Darryl White, has also been a key part of my journey. He met with me to plan out the best path for me even before I was a student at Stratford. He has also greatly helped me through my college search.”
Spaulding also thanks Sandra Grizzell, his kindergarten teacher, and Katie Wood, his eighth grade history teacher, who took a special interest in him. He mentions he still keeps in touch with them and is grateful for their support.
Spaulding is working alongside Rice chemist Anatoly Kolomeisky and lead author and postdoctoral researcher Hamid Teimouri. Their research focuses on finding how to decrease the collection of mutations that typically lead to cancer.
To identify such mutations, Spaulding simplified the calculations by developing intricate algorithms. His computer programming skills and interest in chemistry, physics and biology encouraged him to get involved in the project.
Spaulding will be attending Trinity University in the fall and plans to double major in mathematics and applied physics with a computer science concentration. He hopes to continue to conduct groundbreaking research to prevent cancer.
Way to go, Cade! We are #SBISDProud of you!