I live in the eastern United States, and I fix computers for a living. I am drawn to teaching and mentoring roles, and I will be attending graduate school to spend all of my time on research and teaching.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I run SETI@home because my computers get really cranky when they have nothing to do. With the recent addition of a broadband connection at home, these computers can now participate in something meaningful.
There simply has to be other life out there. Right now, BOINC SETI is limited to looking for intentional beacons. We owe it to the senders to receive that signal. As various SETI projects around the globe attain clout and funding, dedicated equipment is slowly becoming available that will permit humans to actively search for other intelligences in the Universe. If my participation as a cruncher and an occasionally helpful forum poster can get us even a little closer to that moment of first contact, I consider my time and electricty well spent.
I realize that, in the scale of space projects, SETI@home is running on a shoestring budget. My humble suggestion is to add someone to the team who is an expert in that obscure branch of marketing that involves wringing grant dollars from government and private entities.