Tips for U of U thesis format approval

I have used both MS word and Latex for thesis formatting. Although it is easier to use the Latex template, there are still several things that could make you print another one hundred pages again. To save trees on our planet, here are some tips that could make your thesis writing a little easier.

1. My first suggestion is to put all your tables and figures at the end of each chapter. This will save you a lot of time dealing with the strict space and format requirements for tables and figures.

2. If the fonts in your figures are not big enough (at least 2mm), simply increase the size of those figures in your thesis instead of searching your long-time-no-see Python or Matlab code and changing the plot script there.

3. If you use the Latex template from the Math department of the U, there are at least two things that you should pay attention to.

a. If you use “\usepackage{uuthesis-2011}” as in the template, you will find that the spaces between paragraphs could be a little bigger than the spaces between lines inside a paragraphs. Simply commenting that line will solve the problem.
b. If you have a section headline immediately following a chapter headline, make sure to use “\fixchapterheading” in between. For example, the beginning of your Latex file should be something like this:

\chapter{Radio Localization} \label{Chapter:Chapter2}
\fixchapterheading
\section{Introduction}

4. If you use copyrighted material from published papers, even if your own papers, you must get permission documents from journals or conferences. Also remember to get the multiple author release forms from your coauthors. If you only need material from IEEE journal/conference, things will be a little easier. Just go to the IEEE Xplore webpage of the paper, click on “request permissions”, then choose “reuse in a thesis/dissertation”. Print out the page shown to you, and submit it to the thesis office.

5. Finally, before printing your pdf, make sure to check printer settings. Don’t check the “auto rotate and center” option, and also make sure to choose “none” for page scaling so that the page scale is 100%.