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.
"Putting the Squeeze on Social Media" (February 2015)Michael Levy, CIA, CRMA, CISA, CISSP Anthony Leusner, CIA, CRMA Khalid
"Reinventing Internal Audit" (April 2015)Tim Leech, CIA, CCSA, CRMA
"Internal Audit in the Crosshairs" (June 2015)Patricia Miller, CIA CRMA, QIAL, and Larry Rittenberg, CIA
"Protecting Customer Data" (August 2015)Michael Levy, CIA, CRMA, CISA, CISSP
"The Effective CAE" (October 2015)Norman Marks, CRMA
"Auditing for Conflicts of Interest" (December 2015)Laura Soileau, CIA, CRMA, and Jared Soileau, CIA, CRMA, CCSA
"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