I used to think research was a process that revealed important knowledge that was previously unknown. As a postdoc, I’d have said the hallmark of a great research paper was elegant methods that led to findings with enormous impact value. As an instructor, I realize that regardless of the findings, student exposure to research provides a skill set that changes their approach to life. Research opportunities promote critical thinking, helping students to identify, test and analyze any problem they might face going forward, large or small. Research experiences can change the world even when the immediate findings don’t.