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Despite challenges, adversity, doctoral graduate thrives at UF

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Chet Udell, who will receive his doctorate in music composition with a focus in electrical engineering, has overcome many challenges on his path to graduation on Friday.

Udell, who has always had a love for music, grew up in a foster home where money was tight. He was a self-taught musician in high school and then followed his interest to the University of Florida.  Although he was denied admission to UF his first try, he pursued his dream and eventually was accepted. During his time at UF, he discovered a new interest, this time in electrical engineering, and decided to study both. He has invented a small device that combines his knowledge in both engineering and music. His mentor, music professor Paul Sain, describes Udell “as strong a Gator as you can get.”

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