Alumni Profiles


Chelsea Mooser '00

Manager, Outreach, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Chelsea MooserHome states: California and New York
Graduate program: Biological Chemistry, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
Senior project: Study of Neuronal Migration in Mouse Embryogenesis
Internship: Family AIDS Caring Trust, Zimbabwe

After COA, Chelsea earned her Ph.D. in biological chemistry from UCLA and worked for several years as a research scientist and teacher focusing on breast cancer. Chelsea is now manager of outreach at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and is a contributor to The Women's International Perspective (The WIP), a news service based at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

What do you want to make sure people know about COA?
Although I didn't have all the classes that the other graduate students had, and didn't know as many facts, the classes at COA demanded more than learning facts. I had to think and formulate my own opinions. I found the other students in graduate school hadn't seen anything like that. Looking back, it seemed like COA was more like a graduate school for undergraduates. The education I got at COA was more on the graduate school level—the seminars and classes at COA required us to present our work and be critical of what we read and heard. That was foreign to a lot of students who didn't attend COA.