“Making babies whiles pursuing my Ph.D was the hardest thing in my life”- Professor Elsie Effah Kaufmann

Professor Elsie Effah Kaufmann, who oversees the National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ), admitted that having a kid while attending school was a challenge for her.


Professor Elsie Effah Kaufmann’s marriage to her white husband has been going well for several years, and the couple has three lovely children together.

The mistress of the NSMQ has talked about her career and how she took care of her family responsibilities.

Professor Kaufmann claims that she was 26 years old when she moved to the United States to begin her doctoral studies.

"Making babies whiles pursuing my Ph.D was the hardest thing in my life"- Professor Elsie Effah Kaufmann

She revealed that she gave birth to her first child while she was in her final year of school. She claims that because it was so difficult to balance her schooling with her home responsibilities, she had no choice but to bring her mother all the way to the United States to assist her.

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“After my masters, I moved on to having my Ph.D., but then, I started making babies so it dragged me behind. At that time, I was 26 years old. I had my firstborn during the last year of my Ph.D. The second one was during my post-doctorate and the last one was born in Ghana,” she stated on the Delay Show which aired on September 25, 2022″.

“I’m still surprised anytime I think about how I’m able to do all these, particularly fusing family life with work and school. Also, my mother helped me a lot. I had to negotiate with her to come to stay with us in the U.S to help take care of the children because it was becoming too much and she was the one in search of grandchildren,” she added.