Eric Saltzman, Earth System Science Professor at UCI, shared his personal story and professional trajectory with honors students during a recent Campuswide Honors Program (CHP) “Lunch with Leadership.” The quarterly lunches give CHP students the chance to enjoy an intimate hosted lunch and chat with a campus leader.  

At the luncheon, Saltzman spoke about his research in the Arctic as well as his involvement with the National Science Foundation. At the NSF he made critical decisions in approving projects and funding in support of advancing the frontiers of knowledge.  

Currently, Saltzman’s research involves climate interactions and trace gases from polar ice cores.  At CHP’s “Ice-side Chat” event, a follow-up to the luncheon, Saltzman took a group of honors students on a tour of his Ice Core laboratory on campus.  

“The tour was awesome,” said Jacob Samson, third-year Aerospace Engineering major. “It was great to learn about how we can study ice from thousands of years ago and see how the climate has changed over that time, and in turn how dramatic human’s influence on climate is.”

CHP strives to provide its students with opportunities to engage with experts in their field. The CHP looks forward to partnering with Saltzman and other faculty members to help honors students of all disciplines explore their career and research interests.  

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About the Campuswide Honors Program: Founded in 1988, the CHP is an academic program dedicated to promoting high standards of scholastic excellence and personal growth by combining the qualities of a liberal arts college with the unique opportunities offered by a major research university.  For more on the CHP, visit