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I want to auto-login my users after signup without an activation email requirement (I'm not concerned about spammers). How might I go about doing this? Thanks!

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Then you need to ask them for a password in the registration form – onetrickpony Sep 21 '11 at 16:37
@One Trick Pony, do you happen to know of any good plugins that can accomplish modifying the registration for and disabling the email activation requirement? – Casey Flynn Sep 21 '11 at 16:42
Try WP User Registration – booota Sep 22 '11 at 8:06

Here's another plugin for you, allows the user to register in the sidebar and stay on the same page - Ninety Ajax Login/Register for WordPress

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