Before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down campus, you could often find Claire Needham practicing plié, relevé and sauté in the light-filled dance studios of the USC Kaufman International Dance Center. Afterwards, she might dart off to a neurobiology or abnormal psychology class.

Needham, who graduated on May 14 with a degree in neuroscience, found a way to combine her lifelong interest in dance with her fascination with the human brain while an undergraduate at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

This summer, she starts on a master’s degree in occupational therapy at the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Occupational therapists help patients regain the ability to perform physical activities, often after suffering an illness or injury.

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