University Scholars Program


Daniel Sarafan

Mentor: Dr. Kate Baldwin
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I applied to the Scholars program at the recommendation of a past Scholar. I had already begun research with Dr. Baldwin on the long term impact of colonial era missionary education in Africa, and one of my sources happened to be a first hand written account of a missionary doctor in Angola. I plan to pursue a career in humanitarian medicine, so the topic of missionary health services seemed relevant. In the coming academic year I hope to expand my knowledge on the subject as well as add qualitative depth to existing research."




Theatre, International Dev. & Humanitarian Assist.

Research Interests

  • Missionary Activity
  • Health Systems
  • Health Disparities
  • Medicine
  • International Development

Academic Awards

  • University Scholar (2012-2013)
  • Dean’s List, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Fall 2010, Spring 2011)
  • Bright Futures Academic Scholar (2010)
  • AP Scholar with Honor (2010)
  • National Merit Finalist (2010)


  • First Assembly of God
  • Gainesville Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
  • UF St. Francis House
  • Gainesville UniteNOW Leadership Streetlight Palliative Care Program


  • Church Outreach and inter-Ministry Partnership 
  • UniteNOW Worship Team Guitarist First Assembly of God
  • Intermittent Homeless Ministry St. Francis House
  • Shands hospital volunteering
  • Streetlight Palliative Care Program

Hobbies and Interests

  • Making Music, Primarily with A Guitar
  • Hiking
  • Nature
  • Biking
  • Running

Research Description

Long-term Effects of Missionary Health Activities in Colonial Era Angola - a Qualitative Study
During the Colonial period, many of the social services offered in sub-Saharan Africa were provided by foreign missionary organizations. This is not unlike today, where foreign NGOs in Africa continue to hold great influence in service provision. If the long term effectiveness of such partnerships could be measured, it could speak volumes regarding future developments in Africa. The goal of this project is the qualitative analysis of missionary activities in Angola up until the mid 20th century. Local receptivity to missions and mission health services will be discussed, as well as factors that may have determined health services provided by different missions. In addition, relationships between mission health institutions and government will be examined, all in an attempt to sketch the structural, political, cultural and religious effects of mission health institutions. Data will be collected from primary sources describing various missionary stations from the colonial era. Focus will be placed specifically on medical endeavors, in the interest of drawing comparisons between areas that received missions-based medical attention and similar areas that did not. The results of this analysis will then be held up against existing literature on the topic to see how well modern developmental research applies. This research could have applications in how contemporary NGOs conduct themselves, so as to adopt practices that maximize benefits while still avoiding long term pitfalls. Additionally, the research could be used to assess what role government should have in providing social services as well as to elucidate possible repercussions of delegating such duties to third parties