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Meet the Staff


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.


  • Thomas Hermann

    Thomas Hermann

    Faculty Director |

    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, and subsequently 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 serves as the Associate Dean for Education and Students in the School of Physical Sciences since 2018.

  • Franklin Garrett

    Franklin Garrett

    Director |

    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. 

  • Tina Gov

    Tina Gov

    Assistant Director |

    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!

  • Sinai Cota

    Sinai Cota

    Sloan Scholars Program Assistant |

    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.

  • Francheska Morataya

    Francheska Morataya

    Program Coordinator |

    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 while in college as well as a full-time employee in higher education has given her a unique perspective into student learning, development, and success. She is passionate about student mentorship, advocacy, and professional development, and hopes to go to graduate school in the near future. 

    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!