Publications, Presentations, and Awards

Awards and Grants

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) Fellow, 2018
  • APS Forum on Graduate Student Affairs Travel Award for Excellence in Graduate Research, October 2017. $500 for travel to an academic meeting. One of 7 recipients out of 39 applications.
  • Georgia Tech Graduate President’s Fellowship, 2016
  • 1 of 2 Georgia Tech nomination for the Marshall Scholarship, 2015
  • John Deere Women in Engineering Scholarship, Fall 2015
  • Air Products Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Research Award, Spring 2015
  • Air Products Mechanical Engineering Scholarship, Spring 2014
  • Shell Oil Company Technical Scholarship, Fall 2011 – Spring 2013

Published Papers

  1. Matherne, M.E., Cockerill, K., Zhou, Y., Bellamkonda, M., & Hu, D.L. (2018) Mammals repel mosquitoes with their tails. Journal of Experimental Biology 221(20), jeb178905.
    • Featured on the cover.
    • Featured in Inside JEB. Tails guard against voracious insects with curtain of breeze, Kathryn Knight.
  2. Amador, G. J., Matherne, M., Waller, D., Mathews, M., Gorb, S. N., & Hu, D. L. (2017). Honey bee hairs and pollenkitt are essential for pollen capture and removal. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 12(2), 026015.


  1. Matherne, M.E., Puvvada, S., Howington, O., Guy, B., Poon, W., Hu, D.L. Honey bee leg hairs grip onto pollen. American Physical Society Division of Fluid 2018 Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 18, 2018.
  2. Matherne, M.E., Puvvada, S., Howington, O., Amador, G.J., Hu, D.L. Busy as a bee: How do bees collect so much pollen? Gwinnett Beekeepers Club Meeting, Dacula, GA, July 10, 2018.
  3. Matherne, M.E., Guy, B., Poon, W., Hu, D.L. The physics of honey bee pollen suspensions. Poster presented at 11th Southeast Meeting on Soft Materials, Atlanta, GA, May 23, 2018. 1st place out of 27, $100 award.
  4. Matherne, M.E., Anyanwu, G., Leavey, J.K., Hu, D.L. How honey bees carry pollen. American Physical Society Division of Fluid 2017 Meeting, Denver, CO, November 20, 2017.
  5. Matherne, M.E., Gronewold, K., Puvvada, S., Hu, D.L. Honey bees transport pollen in a concentrated suspension. Poster presented at Science and Technology of Advanced Materials and Interfaces 2017 Industrial Partners Day and Exposition, Atlanta, GA, October 19, 2017.
  6. Matherne, M.E., Amador, G.J., Hu, D.L. What happens when bees brush their hair? Georgia Beekeeper’s Association Fall Meeting, Griffin, GA, October 6, 2017.
  7. Matherne, M.E., Zhou, Y., Cockerill, K., Orquia, A., Hu, D.L. Mammal tails deter mosquitoes by wind generation. Society of Engineering Science Technical Meeting, Boston, MA, July 25-28, 2017
  8. Matherne, M.E., Zhou, Y., Cockerill, K., Hu, D.L. Swishing tails shoo flies. Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology, New Orleans, LA, January 4-8, 2017
  9. Matherne, M., Shin, D., Lavrik, N., Meredith, J., Hu, D. Fabrication of pollen particles. Poster presented at Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences User Meeting, Oak Ridge, TN, August 10, 2016
  10. Matherne, Marguerite, Amador, G.J., Hu, D.L. How Honeybees Stick To and Flick Off Pollen. Poster presented at the Air Products Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 16, 2015, Georgia Institute of Technology.
  11. Guillermo Javier Amador, Megha Mathews, D’Andre  Waller, Mari  Nguyen, Todd  Sulchek, David  Hu, Marguerite Matherne. How the Hairs of Honey Bees Stick to and Flick off Pollen. Materials Research Society Spring Conference, San Francisco, CA, April 8 2015. (Underlined name is presenter.)