**Abstract**

Describes the use and implementation of a template to
assist New Mexico Tech students in the Student Research
Symposium to write their extended abstract.

This publication is available in Web form and also as a PDF document.
Please forward any comments to `tcc-doc@nmt.edu`

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## 1. LaTeX: A quality option for your SRS extended
abstract

If you are a participant in New Mexico Tech's Student
Research Symposium, this document will help you build your
Extended Abstract using the LaTeX document preparation
system. Refer to the SRS web
site for general information. If you would prefer
to use MS-Word, there are templates for that system on the
site.

LaTeX (usually pronounced “lah-tech” or
“lay-tech”) was designed by Leslie Lamport, a
student of Dr. Donald Knuth, a noted computer scientist and
mathematician, and based on Knuth's TeX system.

LaTeX makes it easy to produce publications with
attractive, readable mathematical content. LaTeX also
streamlines the process of accumulating and citing
bibliographic references. You can use EndNote or Google Scholar to find
suitable references.

The end product of your work will be a PDF file. You will
need access to the pdflatex
application, which is available for free for all current
platforms.

If you are learning LaTeX, here are some useful resources.

The Wikipedia page for
LaTeX has links to free software and many
tutorials and reference works. In particular, we
recommend the TeX Live distribution (see under
“Versions” on the Wikipedia page); it's
free, easy to install and use, and runs on Windows,
Macs, and Linux systems. It includes TeXWorks, an
integrated development tool for LaTeX.

The Writing Center in Fitch 13 has a copy of Helmut
Kopka's *Guide to LaTeX*
(Addison-Wesley, 2004, ISBN 0-321-17385-6). This book
is a complete reference to LaTeX; if you are going to
do much work in LaTeX, we recommend that you get your
own copy.

If you prefer to learn from examples, the Tech Computer
Center (TCC) occasionally runs a LaTeX “boot
camp” with six one-hour sessions. This course
is intended for those writing a thesis or dissertation,
but it is also a general introduction to LaTeX. The
online notes show
the input and output files for each session, and
contain numerous examples of special characters, math,
tables, figures, and a bibliography.