As one of its virtues, the polytechnic holds undergraduate research at a very high esteem. At Imo State polytechnic, students are encouraged to undertake innovative research work directly with either their departments of schools. These research works are public as academic journals in the polytechnic magazine, and the school web portal.
They are also afforded opportunities to give presentations at national conferences. Research works are viewed at the polytechnic as an antidote to the ailing standard of education and to booster students' interest in the area of academics. In view of this, the polytechnic has earmarked different awards for students who engage in research works while studying at the polytechnic.