Dr. Dharshi Bopegedera has been a faculty member at The Evergreen State College since 1991. She completed her B.S. Honors degree in Chemistry with Mathematics minor at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. Her Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry with inorganic chemistry minor is from the University of Arizona. Her Ph.D. dissertation, completed under the supervision of Professor Peter F. Bernath, was on “Dye Laser and Diode Laser Spectroscopy of Gas-Phase Free Radicals”. She completed a two-year post-doctoral research project at the NOAA, Environmental Research Laboratory in Boulder, CO, before starting her academic position at The Evergreen State College.
One of Dr. Bopegedera’s passions is to help students into teaching careers (K-12) in science. In order to promote science education in local schools, she conducts science experiments in K-12 classrooms.
Dr. Bopegedera’s research interest is in infrared spectroscopy of gas phase free radicals.
Dr. Bopegedera is currently an Alternate Councilor for the Puget Sound Section of the American Chemical Society. She serves as the National Chemistry Week Coordinator for the Puget Sound Section as well.
During the 2011-12 academic year I am teaching in the Atoms, Molecules and Reactions program.
Dr. Bopegedera can be contacted at:
The Evergreen State College
Department of Chemistry – Lab I
Olympia, WA 98505, U.S.A.
Telephone: (360) 867-6620
Fax: (360) 867-5430
Office: Lab I, Room 2006