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Note: What appears below, with permission, began as a slightly edited version of unofficial advice from MGSA, the UC Berkeley Mathematics Graduate Student Associate, with Berkeley specific information removed. Over time this document has evolved to contain a great deal of UC Davis-specific information as well as current LaTeX templates.
(Thanks to Megumi Harada) Steps to your goal:
All information is subject to change. Current information specific to filing a doctoral thesis at UC Davis can be found via the Grad Studies website.
There are several websites dedicated to Using LaTeX to Write a PhD Thesis. But since you're in the UC Davis math department, your best bet is to use a template that was specifically created for UC Davis math students.
Download: 2021 template
This template was created originally by Tyrell McAllister with later edits by Jeff Irion, John Challenor, Will Wright, and David Haley in order to keep the template current with formatting requirements.
Once you pass your Qual, download the dissertation template! Fill in some basic info (name, major, committee members' names, etc.), and add to your dissertation while you work on your research. After all, it's easier to write and cite as you go than to do it months/years later when that stuff isn't fresh in your mind.
This is an unofficial guide. Please see Preparing & Filing Your Thesis or Dissertation for the official set of instructions.
As of Spring 2021, the documents you will need to bring are as follows (see the official checklist here).
The three documents with signatures obviously must be physical copies. The other item can be emailed to the Academic Advisor when you set up your appointment.
Given that we've all become hermits here in our underground bunkers, only occasionally opening Zoom to remind ourselves that other people exist in this world, a few changes have been made to the process. These may or may not be permanent changes going forward. Always consult the Graduate Studies page if you are unsure about current requirements.
The “ucdavisthesis” LaTeX package maintained by Ryan Scott has a number of convenient macros that can generate a dissertation. It is loosely based on an earlier version of the math department template. It is also available in most TeX distributions by default (including Overleaf), and so accessing it is also convenient. However, editing the package to keep up with changes to formatting requirements requires some thought. To that end, you might be interested in one of the following two documents which bring the template up to date with Spring 2021 requirements:
The 2020 version of the math department template can be found here. It differs from the 2021 version only in the way that the page numbers are written (it places hyphens on either side of roman numerals, but not on the other pages).
A previous template that complied with UCD's requirements as of 2012 was created by Sean Whalen and can be found on GitHub. It has not been maintained since 2012 and so is not up-to-date with the current formatting requirements.