A half day research meeting was held on the 17thof December 2016, at syndicate room of St.Mary’s University main campus. Dr Kebede Kassa, Director of the Research and Knowledge Management Office (RaKMO) and Ato Tedla Haile, Executive Vice President of St.Mary’s University, welcomed the participants and opened the meeting by accentuating both in their speech that the session is the first of its kind. The main aim of the meeting was to create an opportunity for SMU staffs that are currently pursuing their PhD in different institutions, to present their project ideas/proposals and get feedback. Accordingly, eight PhD students presented their proposals which were followed by questions and comments from the audience. The presentation covers wide areas of interest, in a nutshell ranging from assessing the impact of FDI to growth in general (either in the form of its contribution to one sector or its impact on alleviating food insecurity); to examining VAT administration and corporate governance on the financial governance of banks; social entrepreneurship and youth employment process; investigating the role of social worker in improving patient satisfaction and exploring the invisible college model in the Ethiopian context. Finally, Assoc. Prof Wondwosen Tamrat, founder and president of St. Mary’s University, appreciated RaKMO for organizing the session and presenters for their contribution and suggested the establishment of a regular meeting session every three month or so.