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‘You are the kind of student we want’: MIT surprises Ahmed Mohamed during live interview

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MSNBC host Chris Hayes had a pleasant surprise for Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old Muslim teenager who was arrested at his high school in Irving, Texas after officials determined his homemade clock could be a “hoax bomb.”

Hayes brought in astrophysicist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, who works for the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research and the Department of Physics and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which Mohamed has described as his “dream school.”

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“I just want to say, you are my ideal student,” Prescod-Weinstein told the teen. “A creative, independent thinker like you is the kind of person who should be becoming a physicist. As a theoretical physicist, I would love it if you took an interest in the mathematical side, although you’re clearly very adept with your hands and at building things.”

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She then extended an invitation for Mohamed to visit MIT and get a tour of the Kavli Institute and the school’s Center for Theoretical Physics. She added that her former advisors at Harvard also wanted him to take a tour of their astrophysics facility.

“You are the kind of student we want at places like MIT and Harvard,” she said.

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Hayes then asked his young guest if he would take the school up on the invitation.

“That’s a fact right there,” Mohamed said.

Mohamed, who has also received invitations to visit the White House and Facebook in the wake of his arrest, said during a press conference earlier in the day that he was looking to transfer out of MacArthur High School, where he was picked up by police on Tuesday.

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Watch the conversation, as aired on Wednesday, below.


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