In May 2018, Scyller Borglum earned her Ph.D. in geological engineering from South Dakota Mines, culminating a career and academic trajectory that started with a minor in Scandinavian language and included along the way a theology degree as well as a job in the North Dakota oil fields. While earning her Ph.D. at South Dakota Mines, the Montana native served as a role model to young WiSE students on campus, offering coffee talks on such topics as time management and study habits. Known for her communication skills and outgoing personality, she also spoke to more than 700 middle school girls visiting campus for the Women in Science Conference. She hopes her interaction with them and other young women can open their minds to careers in the STEM fields.

"The very best thing I can be is an ambassador." she says. Following her graduation, Borglum also launched her candidacy for a seat in the South Dakota Legislature.