PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Studying hard paid off in an unusual way for a recent Florida Atlantic University graduate.
James Martin graduated in May, earning a bachelor's degree in molecular biology with a 3.9 grade point average.
He was just 17 at the time. He started at FAU at the tender age of 14.
Beyoncé learned of his accomplishments and was so impressed that she invited him and his family to meet her backstage at an August concert in Philadelphia.
'I wanted to shake your hand because I'm so proud of you," Beyoncé said in an event recorded on YouTube and published on her web page .
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"It's just incredible how brilliant you are," the entertainer said.
Martin was accepted into a Princeton undergraduate research program in molecular biology.
"How do you do what you do? Just born that way, right? Hard work." Beyoncé said to Martin.
He replied, "Not at all, hard work, very hard work."
"I'm sure," she said.
At Princeton Martin will work as a lab assistant alongside a Nobel prize winner.