Eloísa Rebelo Grifo Pires

William and Carolyn Polk Jefferson Fellow
Class: 2018
Hometown: Leiria, Portugal
B.S. Instituto Superior Técnico (2012) M.S. (2013)

Eloísa was born in Portugal, growing up in Leiria, and went to college in Lisbon. She moved to the United States in 2013 to become a graduate student at U.Va.

Her research interests lie in commutative algebra. This is an area of mathematics that studies abstract objects called rings. Born in the 19th century, it has proved to be a useful tool in many other fields and has important links with areas such as algebraic geometry, algebraic topology, combinatorics, mathematical physics, representation theory, and statistics.

Eloísa has been involved in several projects to disseminate mathematics to a broader audience. She organized a student seminar, Seminário Diagonal, at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal, from 2010 to 2013. She is also co-editor of the book ‘Números, Cirurgias e Nós de Gravata’ (roughly, ‘Numbers, surgeries and necktie knots’).

Connect with our community

View Fellows



The Jefferson Scholarship is the premier undergraduate scholarship at the University of Virginia. Scholars are selected through a rigorous selection process that is based on exceptional performance in the areas of leadership, scholarship and citizenship.

Read more


The Jefferson Scholars Foundation, like its namesake, knows that virtue and talent come from all walks of life. Indeed it is this knowledge that drives the Foundation to search the world over for its recipients.

Read more


The Jefferson Fellowship is the premier graduate fellowship offered at the University of Virginia. Based solely on merit, the Fellowship seeks to attract Ph.D. and M.B.A. candidates.

Read more