She was awarded this medal in 1991 when she graduated with a Bachelor of Science (first class honours) degree.
Her supervisor acclaimed her as a ‘truly outstanding student’. She scooped 21 prizes during her academic career.
In an interview with the university’s newspaper, The Gazette, Karen Odling said of geology:
‘It’s technological and creative—you can make it as analytical and wafty as you like, but since it frequently involves trying to picture the situation millions of years ago, you do need a bit of imagination.’