One of the students I’m research-mentoring is going to be a research scholar. I mean, everybody says they want to but this one is actually going to do it. I saw the slightly insane glint in his eyes when he was talking about his research. Plus, he says things like “and then I decided to read every single thing these authors published.”
Real research scholars are quite few (as they should be), and it’s great to meet a budding new one.