Steven Scribner
PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus

About Me

Steven Scribner received his B.S. in Chemistry from Alma College, his M.S. in Crop & Soil Sciences from Michigan State University, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Wayne State University. He taught at Marygrove College from 1998-2018 and served as chair of the Chemistry Program. In addition to chemistry and environmental science courses, he taught interdisciplinary studies courses in Religion & Science, First-Year Liberal Arts Seminars, Environmental Justice, and Travel Seminars, including trips to Honduras, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico. Dr. Scribner was Chair of the Detroit Section of the American Chemical Society in 2007 and received a Graduate Certificate in Conservation Criminology from MSU in 2010. Since 2010, he has been a project leader for Michigan Colleges Alliance's Third90 program introducing high school students to environmental research and college preparation. He a competitive triathlete and a six-time ironman.

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Honors and Awards

  • Detroit Section American Chemical Society 2010 Distinguished Service Award

  • Outstanding Contributions to Community Service-Learning, Michigan Campus Compact, 2008

Areas of Interest

  • Development of green undergraduate organic chemistry labs

  • Examining organic and inorganic contaminates in local rivers and wetlands.

Research Projects

  • Green synthesis of polyphenols in the undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory

  • Examine and monitor the effectiveness of constructed wetlands on water quality at Humbug Marsh Detroit International Wildlife Refuge


  • Alternatives to Teach Organic Chemistry Laboratory Using Interdisciplinary Projects and a Guided Inquiry Approach. Proceedings of the 9 November, 2002 Meeting of the MCCTA, Eds. Benvenuto and Mio 2002.

  • Desorption and Bioavailability of Aged Simazine Residues in Soil from a Continuous Corn Field. J. Environ. Qual. 1992, 21, 115-120.

  • Chromium(0)-Promoted Higher-Order Cycloadditions of 1,3,5-Cycloocatriene and Cyclooctatetraene. Tet. Lett. 1995, 47, 8569-8572.


  • BS, Chemistry, Alma College

  • MS, Soil Chemistry, Michigan State University

  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Wayne State University

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