The Board of Directors of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) established the Thurston Award in March 1952 as a tribute to the memory of John B. Thurston, its first international president and an eminent authority in the field of internal auditing. The award is made annually to the author of that article published in Internal Auditor that is voted to be the outstanding paper in the field of internal auditing.
The John B. Thurston award consists of a plaque, a one-year membership to The IIA, complimentary registration at the next International Conference, travel to and from the conference site, and reasonable and customary costs for meals and lodging. In the event of two or more authors, The IIA will pay registration, travel, meal, and lodging costs for one author only.
Five “Outstanding Contributor” awards are also presented each year. These awards recognize the five runners-up to the Thurston Award winner.
"Mapping Assurance" (December 2016)Yuang-Sung Al Chen, PhD, CPA, CITP CGMALoïc Decaux, PHDD. Scott Showalter, CPA, CGMA
“Proactive Fraud Analysis” (April 2016)Aditya Misra, CFE, CPA, and Vincent Walden, CFE, CPA, CITP
“On the Hunt for Payroll Fraud” (April 2016)Christopher Kelly, DProf, FCA, and Frans DeKlepper
“Analytics and the Small Audit Department” (June 2016)Jared Soileau, CIA, CPA, CISA, and Laura Soileau, CIA, CRMA, CPA
“An Anti-corruption Checkup” (June 2016)Paul J. Morrison, CPA
“Breaking Through” (December 2016)Nancy Haig, CIA, CCSA, CRMA, CFSA
"Putting the Squeeze on Social Media" (February 2015)Michael Levy, CIA, CRMA, CISA, CISSP Anthony Leusner, CIA, CRMA Khalid
"No Crash Landings" (February 2014)Manny Rosenfeld, CIA, CRMA
“Assurance That Matters” (October 2013)Norman Marks, CRMA, CPA
"What's Your Brand?" (October 2012)Andrew L. Cheskis
"The Whole World's Talking" (June 2011)J. Michael Jacka, CIA, CPCU, CPA, CLUPeter R. Scott, APR
"Document Retention in an E-world" (April 2010)Julia N. Karcher, PHD, CMA Robert M. Barker, PHD Andrew T. Cobb, PHD, CCE