Welcome to the School of Physical Science’s Student Success Center. The Center will offer services that support the career development for both undergraduate and graduate students in the Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Mathematics and Physics.


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Thomas Hermann

Faculty Director | tch@ucsd.edu

Thomas Hermann studied chemistry at the University of Ulm in Germany and performed graduate research at the Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried. He received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich in 1996. Subsequently, he worked as a postdoc at the CNRS in Strasbourg, France, and at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. In 2005, he joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC San Diego where he currently is a professor. Thomas is a founding director of the Center for Drug Discovery Innovation and has served as the Associate Dean for Education and Students in the School of Physical Sciences since 2018.


Franklin Garrett

Director | fgarrett@ucsd.edu

Franklin Garrett is the Director of the Student Success Center in the School of Physical Sciences. He has 13 years of experience in higher education in the areas of strategic planning, multicultural counseling, advising, student services coordination and student account services. Franklin received his Master's in Education with an emphasis in multicultural counseling from San Diego State University. Franklin works closely with departments to help support, augment, and increase efforts across areas of professional development and student outreach and enrichment. 


Asst Dir Tina Gov

Tina Gov

Assistant Director | tgov@ucsd.edu

Tina Gov received her Master of Science in College Counseling & Student Development from Azusa Pacific University and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She was born to refugee parents from Cambodia and is a first-generation college student. She has 8 years of experience in higher education and has worked in various functional areas including Career Services, Student Disability Services, Judicial Affairs, Women’s Center, and Residential Education.

Tina serves as the Assistant Director of the Student Success Center in the School of Physical Sciences. She is responsible for supporting the development and outreach initiatives for physical sciences students. 

During her free time, Tina enjoys spending time with her family, fiancé, and friends - whether it’s going on hikes or trying new restaurants. She especially enjoys checking out local dog events with her 2-year old dog Yumi, who was rescued from a dog meat market in Korea!


Program Asst Sinai Cota

Sinai Cota

Sloan Scholars Program Assistant | sicota@eng.ucsd.edu

Sinai is a San Diego native with roots extending into Tijuana, Mexico. She grew up in the small community of Barrio Logan and was the first in her family to go to college. She has a B.A. in religious studies from San Diego State University and an M.A. in higher education leadership studies from the University of San Diego. She has worked in a higher education setting for more than 10 years and has a passion for mentoring/coaching programs.

Sinai Cota is the Sloan Scholars Program Assistant; she works in conjunction with the Jacobs School of Engineering, the Graduate Division, and the School of Physical Sciences to help coordinate the Sloan Program for doctoral students. She also organizes professional development events for the STEM students and assists in diversity recruiting efforts.


Program Coordinator Francheska Morataya

Francheska Morataya

Program Coordinator | femorataya@ucsd.edu

Francheska Morataya is the Program Coordinator at the Student Success Center in the School of Physical Sciences. She is responsible for providing advising, programming, student, and operational support to the Center. She graduated from UC San Diego with a B.S. in Psychology in 2018 and has worked at UC San Diego since. Her experience as a first-generation minority student in college and a full-time employee in higher education has given her a unique perspective on student learning, development, and success. She is passionate about student mentorship,not advocacy, and professional development, and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Higher Education. 

Francheska enjoys trying new foods and drinks, exploring everything San Diego has to offer, and being with friends and family. She also enjoys going to cafes, and trying out new coffees; recommendations are welcome!