When it is time to write your thesis or dissertation, your choice of document technology depends on several factors.
The final version must conform to the standards set forth in the Thesis/Dissertation Manuscript Requirements published by the Graduate Office. See also the New Mexico Tech thesis formatting checklist.
The document must meet high standards for clarity, correct grammar, and attractive appearance. Figures must be cleanly reproduced and have readable captions.
For most theses here, there will be significant mathematical content.
An important goal of graduate work is to publish papers whenever possible. These papers are then included in the final document.
Given these considerations, the LaTeX document preparation system is a good choice. The New Mexico Tech Computer Center provides a LaTeX framework that helps you structure your thesis or dissertation and lets you concentrate on content and getting published.
For convenience, we will refer to the final document as “the thesis” in this publication, but the framework described here works equally well for doctoral dissertations or independent study reports.
Details of the implementation of this stylesheet are given in a separate document: NMT Thesis Stylesheet: Internals.