"The applications were excellent," said Student Body Vice President Rudy Kleysteuber. "For a while we weren't sure we'd have the turnout we hoped for."
Student Body President Justin Young was especially pleased with the wide range of applications received.
"It was really diverse group," Young said. "You could definitely feel the enthusiasm from the pages of the applications."
The selection committee, composed of Young, Kleysteuber, Student Congress Speaker Mark Townsend and Campus Y Director Virginia Carson, examined about 50 applications from graduate and undergraduate students, Young said.
Twenty-one of the 25 applicants chosen Thursday evening are undergraduates. Of those 21, seven are business majors.
Kleysteuber, Young, Townsend and two student journalists will fill the seminar's five remaining spots, Young said.
Students making up the 30-member group will attend regularly scheduled seminars led by professors Holden Thorp and Bob Adler and will receive one academic credit for their participation.
"The primary function of the group is to get an education about the proposal, the country and the opportunities that it presents for both the University and Qatar," Young said.
Topics for discussion include human rights in Qatar, Islam in the Middle East and dissenting voices on the Qatar initiative.