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IIA Recognizes Best Writing About Internal Auditing

Sawyer, Thurston Awards presented during The IIA’s International Conference

NEW YORK (July 18, 2016) — The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) honored exceptional writing about the internal audit profession here today presenting the John B. Thurston and Esther R. Sawyer Research awards on the opening day of The IIA’s 2016 International Conference.

The Esther R. Sawyer Research Award, established in tribute to The Practice of Modern Internal Auditing author Larry Sawyer’s late wife, recognizes the best original student manuscript on a topic related to modern internal auditing. Submissions must be written by students from an Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP) school.

Lancelot H. Giles, a graduate student at The University of Texas at Dallas, received the 2016 Esther R. Sawyer Award for his essay, “Achieving and Maintaining Professional Competency as an Internal Auditor in a High-Change Environment.” Presented by The IIA Research Foundation, Giles received a $5,000 prize, as well as an additional $3,000 donation to his school.

“Lancelot Giles embodies Larry Sawyer’s vision with his insightful piece about professional advocacy for internal auditing,” said IIA President and CEO Richard Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA. “I’m confident he has a bright future in our profession and will add immediate and significant value to internal auditing.”

The John B. Thurston Award for Literary Excellence recognized a group of authors, comprised of Michael Levy, Anthony Leusner, and Khalid Wasti, for their article titled, “Putting the Squeeze on Social Media,” which appeared in the February 2015 issue of the Internal Auditor magazine.

“The authors who penned ‘Putting the Squeeze on Social Media’ contributed important discourse about the expanding industry,” said Chambers. “As The IIA advocates for practitioners to audit at the speed of risk, this article demonstrates how the risks associated with social media, though often overlooked, are critical for successful governance.”

Each year, the Thurston Award honors the author or authors of the top article published in the Internal Auditor magazine during the previous year. The award was established in 1952 in memory of John B. Thurston, a pioneer of the internal audit profession who formed the idea to establish The IIA, and served as its first President.

About The IIARF

Established in 1976, The Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation (IIARF) is the global leader in sponsoring, disseminating, and promoting research and knowledge resources about internal audit. Its mission is to shape, advance, and expand knowledge of internal auditing by providing relevant research and educational products to the profession globally