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.
"Your Personal Brand" (February 2018)Nancy Haig, CIA, CRMA, CCSA, CFSA
"Information Distillation" (April 2018)Norman Marks, CRMA, CPA
"Elevating Team Performance" (April 2018)Ara Chalabyan, CIA, CRMA, CRISC, ACCA
"Internal Audit and the Blockchain" (August 2018)Lorraine Lee, PHD, CPAKirk Fiedler, PHD, CPARichard Mautz
"Ten Tips to Manage Your Career" (October 2018)Richard J. Anderson, CPA
"Breaking Free of Mental Traps" (December 2018)Murray D. Wolfe, CRMA, CPA, CA
"How to Audit Culture" (June 2017)Jim Roth, PhD, CIA, CCSA, CRMA
"Mapping Assurance" (December 2016)Yuang-Sung Al Chen, PhD, CPA, CITP CGMALoïc Decaux, PHDD. Scott Showalter, CPA, CGMA
"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