Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa: KNUST graduate is the youngest PhD student at US university

Does the name Ruth Ama Gyan ring a bell?

Ruth Ama Gyan gained admission into Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) at the age of 13 in 2017.

At the time she was said to be the youngest person to gain admission into the university in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. She graduated from the school in 2021.

Two years after her first degree, Ruth has attained another remarkable feat. She is currently the youngest Masters/PhD, graduate student at the University of New Mexico at age 18.

Ruth is pursuing a doctoral degree in electrical engineering at the US-based University.

Ruth was born on May 29, 2004, to Ghanaian parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kwadwo Gyan Darkwa. Her father teaches 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 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.

She dreams of working with America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) after her program.