"But yes, I'm interested in doing research. It wouldn't be next fall, as I'm full up with classes, but maybe the semester after that."
"What are your plans for the summer, then?"
I take it as an encouraging sign when a professor's response to a question about what research he has availible is asking if you'd be able to join it essentially immediately.
I am, of course, taking summer classes, but Dr. Pless is not discouraged. I've sent him an e-mail to ask questions and perhaps set up an appointment to discuss research as he requested I do, and we'll see what reply I get to that. He also informed me that even if he can't find a spot at my skill level (it's an over/under thing- the opening either needs a skill I don't have, or is way below my level in Dr. Pless' opinion) for his project, he's got other leads.
This is actually typical of how my week has been going. The CS 102 Othello tournament crashed, allowing me a chance to get my late-because-of-mistyped-email-address submission in when Dr. Kwasny stated he had to restart it because someone's strategy had an infinite loop, my TopCoder T-shirt arrived, I won Audio Roulette, I did well in Acting class- let's see how long this streak can be made to continue!