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Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa Becomes the Youngest PhD Graduate at the University of New Mexico

ruth ama gyan darkwa becomes the youngest phd graduate at the university of new mexico

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Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa: Breaking Records as the Youngest PhD Holder in the US

Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa, a remarkable Ghanaian student, has achieved yet another milestone by becoming the youngest PhD holder at the University of New Mexico in the United States. Prior to this achievement, she had already made headlines as Ghana’s youngest university graduate, completing her bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the age of 17 from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

Ruth’s academic journey began at the age of 13 when she was admitted to KNUST to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. Despite facing numerous challenges, she excelled in her studies and graduated at the top of her class. Inspired by her passion for electrical engineering, she further pursued her doctoral studies at the University of New Mexico.

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Looking ahead, Ruth dreams of working at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States. The opportunity to contribute to NASA’s groundbreaking work in the field of space exploration is her ultimate goal.

Ruth comes from a family with a strong background in mathematics, with her father being a professor who teaches at Prempeh College. Reflecting on her journey, she credits her faith in God and her unwavering determination for overcoming the challenges she faced. Some of her peers doubted her abilities due to her exceptional intelligence, but she found strength in her progress, the support she received, and the promising future that lies ahead.

Ruth’s story serves as an inspiration to aspiring students worldwide, showcasing the power of perseverance, resilience, and a strong belief in oneself.



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Sampson Halm is a Ghanaian blogger.

Halm grew up in Takoradi, a city located in the Western Region of Ghana. He received his early education at Bethel Methodist Primary & J.H.S in Takoradi. For his higher education, he enrolled at Takoradi Technical University, where he successfully earned an HND in purchasing and supply.

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