Alumna’s Donation Will Help CNBS Establish Science Career Mentorship Program

The College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences at California State University, Dominguez Hills will establish the Helen and Marshall Wright Memorial Career Mentorship Program thanks to a donation from alumna and Hermosa Beach resident Kathy Tibone (Class of 1976, M.A., behavioral science).

CSUDH alumna Kathy Tibone (right) with her parents Marshall and Helen Wright.

The program will help students advance their degrees into successful careers in the sciences. It is named in honor of Tibone’s parents, Marshall Wright Jr. and Helen Duckson Wright, who passed away in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

“Our students receive strong foundations in science education, and we are pleased of the partnerships we have within the local science community to provide them with opportunities to apply that knowledge,” said Laura Robles, dean of the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences. “The creation of the program will allow us to focus our efforts to expand those opportunities and further assist them in transitioning from school to career.”

The Wright Memorial Career Mentorship Program will work to create internship opportunities in all disciplines within the college, workshops pertaining to career options, university classes in test preparation for graduate and medical school, the GRE and MCAT, respectively, as well as advising on graduate school, conference preparation, and interview skills.

“My parents highly valued education and worked to improve other people’s lives. I am pleased that my donation can honor them in a way that specifically helps students achieve their future goals,” Tibone said.