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Black in STEM


Philippe Rouchon

Philippe Rouchon, D.D.S.


Major and Degree: Biology, B.S.

Graduation Year: 2005

Current Position: Owner, Rouchon Dental


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What motivates you to do/pursue science and/or medicine?

One of my favorite books as a child was Charlie Brown’s ‘Cyclopedia: Super Questions and Answers and Amazing Facts. I was always curious from a young age as to why certain things happened—from the changing of the leaves with the seasons to the growth and development we go through as humans.

A career in the science and medical field allows me to continue to explore the ever-changing world around me. As a dentist, I can combine my love of science while helping people deal with problems that affect their teeth and mouth. It is the perfect profession for me, and practicing in my community gives me great satisfaction.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Black History Month is an annual reminder of all the wonderful contributions Black people have made to society, and all the areas and interests we share as a collective group. We often overlook the fact that Black people have a variety of interests, so I always make it a point to highlight the stories that are not as well known as others.

Anything else you would like to share?

I love Penn State. I met my wife there, who is also a scientist. We lived in the same dorm freshman year, Pennypacker Hall, which was home to many educational-interest groups. A lot of my lifelong friends are Penn State alums also, and without the University, my life would be completely different