John B. Thurston Award
The Board of Directors of The Institute established the John B. Thurston Award in March 1952 as a tribute to the memory of its first international president and an eminent authority in the field of internal auditing. The award is given annually to the author of the article published in Internal Auditor magazine voted to be the most outstanding paper in the field of internal auditing.
All articles that have appeared in Internal Auditor from January 1 to December 31 of the current year are eligible unless the author is the chairman or immediate past chairman of The Institute, chairman or vice chairman of the Publications Advisory Committee (PAC), or a paid member of The Institute staff. Members of the PAC whose articles are being considered for this award may not participate in evaluations of their own or others' papers.
Criteria for Selection
The Board of Directors decided that there should be no set requirements as to subject, presentation, or number of words. Selection should be based on general consideration of the originality and value of the article as a contribution to the advancement of the philosophy, the practice, and the literature of our profession.
With regard to subject matter, articles most likely to qualify will generally fall into the following categories:
- Articles dealing with the extension of practical applications
- Articles that propound or develop auditing concepts
- Articles dealing with the strengthening of audit administration
Second to subject matter is the criterion of readability. The message conveyed by the article should have impact and hold the reader's attention. This calls for good organization of the material, clarity of expression, and effective style.
The John B. Thurston Award consists of a plaque, a one-year membership to The IIA, complimentary registration for 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, and meal and lodging costs for one author only.
2017 Award Recipient
Yuang-Sung Al Chen, PhD, CPA, CITP, CGMA, Loïc Decaux, PHD, and D. Scott Showalter, CPA, CGMA — "Mapping Assurance" (December 2016)
Aditya Misra, CFE, CPA, and Vincent Walden, CFE, CPA, CITP — “Proactive Fraud Analysis” (April 2016)
Christopher Kelly, DProf, FCA, and Frans DeKlepper — “On the Hunt for Payroll Fraud” (April 2016)
Jared Soileau, CIA, CPA, CISA, and Laura Soileau, CIA, CRMA, CPA — “Analytics and the Small Audit Department” (June 2016)
Paul J. Morrison, CPA — “An Anti-corruption Checkup” (June 2016) Nancy Haig, CIA, CCSA, CRMA, CFSA — “Breaking Through” (December 2016)
2016 Award Recipient
Michael Levy, CIA, CRMA, CISA, CISSP, Anthony Leusner, CIA, CRMA, and Khalid Wasti, CIA — "Putting the Squeeze on Social Media" (February 2015)
Tim Leech, CIA, CCSA, CRMA — "Reinventing Internal Audit" (April 2015)
Patricia Miller, CIA, CRMA, QIAL, and Larry Rittenberg, CIA — "Internal Audit in the Crosshairs" (June 2015)
Michael Levy, CIA, CRMA, CISA, CISSP — "Protecting Customer Data" (August 2015)
Norman Marks, CRMA — "The Effective CAE" (October 2015)
Laura Soileau, CIA, CRMA, and Jared Soileau, CIA, CRMA, CCSA — "Auditing for Conflicts of Interest" (December 2015)
2015 Award Recipient
Manny Rosenfeld, CIA, CRMA — "No Crash Landings" (February 2014)
Patrick Warren — "Closing the Gaps in Third-party Risk Management" (February 2014)
Stephen Minder, Linda Leinicke, and Max Rexroad — "What Do You Measure?" (April 2014)
Norman Marks — "The Internal Audit Evangelist" (August 2014)
Raj Chaudhary and Michael Lucas — "Privacy Risk Management" (October 2014)
Mike Jacka — "Gearing Up for Innovation" (December 2014)
2014 Award Recipient
"Assurance That Matters" was published in the October 2013 issue of Internal Auditor.
2013 Award Recipient
Andrew L. Cheskis
"What's Your Brand?" was published in the October 2012 issue of Internal Auditor.
2012 Award Recipients
J. Michael Jacka
Peter R. Scott
"The Whole World's Talking” was published in the June 2011 issue of Internal Auditor.
2011 Award Recipients
"Document Retention in an E-world” was published in the April 2010 issue of Internal Auditor.
2010 Award Recipients
“6 Cultural Pillars of Successful Audit Departments” was published in the April 2009 issue of Internal Auditor.
2009 Award Recipient
“Adding Risk Back Into the Audit Process” was published in the August 2008 issue of Internal Auditor.
2008 Award Recipient
“The Internal Auditor as Consultant" was published in the February 2007 issue of Internal Auditor.
2007 Award Recipients
“How Secure Is Your Wireless Network?” was published in the February 2006 issue of Internal Auditor.
2006 Award Recipients
Bruce A. Adamec
Linda M. Leinicke
Joyce A. Ostrosky
W. Max Rexroad
"Getting a Leg Up" was published in the June 2005 issue of Internal Auditor.
2005 Award Recipient
"Fraud Risk Assessment" was published in the April 2004 issue of Internal Auditor.