Background: Finding the right method to influence student engagement with research can provide a unique opportunity to positively affect students' perceptions of nursing research. Therefore, the purpose of this educational program was to implement an experiential learning opportunity for junior-year nursing students. Method: Faculty developed a program that focused on the development of a research study in association with the university health center. A retrospective chart review that focused on various social behaviors was identified as an appropriate research project. Results: Students who were enrolled in the course were divided into five groups. Each student reviewed and collected data from 18 charts. Data collection and entry occurred concurrently. Conclusion: Students acknowledged they learned about the research process and enjoyed the experience. This program enhanced students' experiences with research.