We usually hold research colloquia and software workshops on Fridays and Saturdays, but there may be variations.  Please take note of the dates and times for the particular events.

Up-Coming Presentations and Workshops:

Dr. Paul Johnson, Director CRMDA
Saturday, April 8, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Watson Library, Room 455

LaTeX Workshop

This seminar will demonstrate how to get started using the KU thesis/dissertation LaTeX template through the easy to use (and free!) software LyX.

Topics for this seminar include:

  • Introduction to LyX
  • How to cheat on your LaTeX Homework Using LyX
  • Creating and referencing tables, figures, and equations
  • Creating and managing a BibTeX bibliography with JabRef
  • Creating and managing separate chapters of your document.

The LaTeX overview by CRMDA is available at latex-help. A university-approved KU Thesis/Dissertation LaTeX template was prepared by CRMDA staff members (see The latest version of that template will always be available within links on latex-help.

We urge participants to set up their personal computers with TeXLive (Linux, Windows) or MacTex (Macintosh) as well as the LyX editor in order to participate fully in the experience.  This should be done before the Saturday workshop because the download & installation of the full LaTeX distribution can take several hours. 

We know that some users become frustrated with the time it takes to install a LaTeX distribution.  For Windows, we have experienced that frustration (with MikTeX, which we previously recommended).  During the last semester, we have had good luck with TeXLive ( After that is installed, then install LyX ( Please don't wait until April 8 to try to install & configure LaTeX. It takes more time than you expect.  If there is trouble with your computer, please come to CRMDA on Friday, April 7, at 4pm.  We can help everybody to understand error messages that result when installing TeXLive or LyX.

For people that don't have personal computers, we have 3 computers that can be checked out. Please let us know in advance if you need to use one of these; we will put your name on a list.

To enroll - send an email to with the subject line of: LaTex - Workshop, Saturday 4/8/17.  The enrollment limit will be 20.  If the number of enrolled participants is less than 5 on Friday, April 1, 2017, this seminar will be postponed until the Fall.

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