Graduate Division

2020 #UCISpringUpChallenge

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Spring Up Challenge Rules

2020 UCI Spring Up Challenge!

Spring is in the air and while we may be practicing ‘physical’ distancing, we sure are not ‘social’ distancing! It is extremely important to your health and well-being, including your student success, to continue to build and find community during this unprecedented time. 

Based on the success of our Winter Recharge event, this Spring quarter we would have hosted our 4th Annual Spring Up wellness day event. We did not want you to miss out on this experience since everything moved online. Fear not, we present to you the #UCISpringUpChallenge! 

To partake in the #UCISpringUpChallenge, you must post a photo on your Instagram paired with a weekly prompt. This Instagram photo challenge has the same mission as our in-person event, it will touch on every aspect of your student/postdoc experience: your health and wellness, professional development, school/ life balance, and most importantly, will build community. Of course there will be no shortage of fun and prizes (Target gift cards)!! Be sure to tag and reach out to your peers, lab mates and even faculty to join in the fun! It’s time to perk up, pep up, and Spring Up!


To inspire your weekly posts, we’ve come up with a few #Hashtags for you to use. Get creative! You can spin each post however you see fit. We hope you find inspiration and discover how to expand your network and be digitally connected with one another.

* Due to the current state of affairs, Week 10 of the challenge has been suspended. You can continue to post as often as you like. Grand prize winners will be selected at a later date.


#Hashtag Prompts #UCISpringUpChallenge Themes by Week:

Week 1: #FavoriteZoomShot

Week 2: #WhatsInMyPantry

Week 3: #PlacestoGoPeopletoSee - tag your peers who you can’t wait to reunite with!

Week 4: #WorkoutRoutine

Week 5: #WorkspaceGoals

Week 6: #QuarantineDanceMoves 

Week 7: #GratitudeCheck

Week 8: #QuotesToLiveBy

Week 9: #QuarantineAndChill

Week 10: #UCIConnected*


#UCISpringUpChallenge Rules and Regulations:

  1. Post a photo on your Instagram with #UCISpringUpChallenge in your post

  2. Use each week’s specific #Hashtag in your post

  3. Tag @ucirvinegd and @uciAGS in each post

  4. Follow @ucirvinegd on Instagram 

  5. Follow @uciAGS on Instagram

  6. Have a public profile

  7. Each post is a consent for your posts to be shared on Graduate Division’s social media channels

  8. Must be a current graduate student or postdoctoral scholar at UCI to win a prize

  9. This contest runs on a weekly basis from Monday, March 30 through Wednesday, June 10, 11:59PM PST. Weekly winners will be announced each Friday*.

  10. Grand Prize Winners will be announced TBD*.

  11. This contest is not endorsed by Instagram or Facebook

For bonus entries:

  1. You can enter multiple times each week with different posts

  2.  Attend the “Restore-antine Graduate Support Group” meetings and “Yoga/Meditation” offerings from Dr. Phong Luong and Elizabeth Dunn. Snap a pic, post it using #UCISpringUpChallenge, #bonus, and the specific hashtag for the week

  3. Follow/like “UC Irvine Graduate Division” @UCIrvineGD on Facebook

  4. Follow “UC Irvine Graduate Division” on LinkedIn

  5. Follow “UCI GraduateDivison” @UCIrvineGD on Twitter


  1. There will be multiple winners of $15 dollar Target gift cards each week and our Grand Prize Winners will be announced during finals week!

  2. Two Grand Prize Winners will receive a $50 Target gift card. 

  3. Grand Prize Winners will be based on participation throughout the 10-week challenge. The more weeks you participate and the more posts you share the better your chance to be one of the grand prize winners.