Ghanaian teen, Ruth Ama is the youngest Ph.D. student in U.S. varsity

Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa, a young Ghanaian who made history after enrolling in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) at the age of 13 to get a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, has been accepted to a Ph.D. program at New Mexico University at the age of 18. 

In a news item cited on the university’s website, the Global Education office recognized Ruth Ama Gyan Darkwa as the university’s youngest international graduate.


The young Ghanaian prodigy is in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, pursuing Electrical Engineering with a research focus on optics and lasers, and she currently works with the Center for High Technology Materials in New Mexico.

Ruth was born on May 29, 2004, to Ghanaian parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kwadwo Gyan Darkwa. It is not surprising to note that her father, Mr. Kwadwo Gyan Darkwa, is a mathematics and physics teacher at Prempeh College, one of the best senior high schools in Ghana.

He single-handedly home-schooled Ruth and her siblings. His reason was that he did not have the best education and wanted his children to have that.

Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa at the New Mexico University

Ruth spent only nine years in pre-primary, primary, junior, and senior high school education, as against the 15 years that a child has to go through to complete the basic education system in Ghana.

Ruth is making strides toward achieving her dreams of working at the Sandia National Laboratories, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, or NASA.

Source: Educationweb.com.gh

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